Sounds of awestruck children travelled the aisles of two chartered buses, packed with 141 passengers on their way to sign a 49-metre long blade belonging to one of five wind turbines on Sept. 12.
Seven-year-old Linden Stevens asks his father, “how will everyone be able to sign it?”
“He was born the first year I became an investor in Chebucto (Wind Field), this will be the closest he’s been to a windmill,” says Jim Stevens, a board member with Chebucto Wind Field Inc. (CWF), the original company, he says, that brought the Chebucto Pockwock Community Wind Project together. “So much has happened in seven years … it was a time when we needed change with Nova Scotia Power … This is a huge moment for so many people,” says Stevens.
The total cost for the five Vestas V-100 wind turbines is $29 million and they’ll provide about 10 megawatts of local, clean energy to more than 3,200 homes in the Upper Pockwock area.
Community from Upper Pockwock excited to sign their names on a blade that will rotate atop the giant wind turbine for 20 years.
Two buses filled with 141 excited shareholders and commnity members travelled to the site in Upper Pockwock to see the five new wind turbines.
Dave Munroe, director of Chebucto Wind Fields with Terry Norman, Chebucto Pockwock Lake Wind Field president. (L-R)
Jim Stevens, a board member with Chebucto Wind Field Inc. with 7-yr-old Linden Stevens and shareholder Jane Matheson (L-R).
The first to sign the 49 metre wind turbine blade was Sophie (8) and Alexander (5) Norman, photographed with Chebucto Pockwock Lake Wind Field president Terry Norman.
As a thanks to shareholders and local community members, Terry Norman, president of Chebucto Pockwock Lake Wind Field (CPL) arranged a special trip to the secure site, located on Halifax Regional Water Commission property, to view the turbines and sign their name on a blade.