Community Herald: Community putting a name on wind energy project in Upper Pockwock

Lennett Anderson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Pockwock signed the 49 metre wind turbine blade with his children, Micah (9), Caleb (6) and Jordan (5) and says the green energy project will, “give back to the community through educational grants, bursaries and scholarships.” (Clockwise)
Lennett Anderson, pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Upper Pockwock signed the 49 metre wind turbine blade with his children, Micah (9), Caleb (6) and Jordan (5) and says the green energy project will, “give back to the community through educational grants, bursaries and scholarships.” (Clockwise)

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.

Upper Pockwock community members, shareholders and directors of Chebucto Pockwock Community Wind, Chebucto Wind Field and Halifax Water Commission gathered at the site of five wind turbines, to sign a blade measuring 49 metres, on Sept. 12.
Upper Pockwock community members, shareholders and directors of Chebucto Pockwock Community Wind, Chebucto Wind Field and Halifax Water Commission gathered at the site of five wind turbines, to sign a blade measuring 49 metres, on Sept. 12.

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.

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.

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