East Bay Hills Wind Project

Project Summary

The East Bay Hills Wind Project is proposed on Crown Land approximately 45 km south west of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The site is situated in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in the East Bay Hills area above Route 4 near Big Pond on the east side of the Bras d’Or Lake. The proposed Project consists of up to 31 wind turbines with a capacity to generate about 50 megawatts (MW) of clean renewable energy. Through the acquisition of Cape Breton Hydro Inc. (CBHI), BluEarth acquired the East Bay Hills Project. However, this project only includes the wind power component and not the pumped storage hydro component that was proposed by the previous proponent.

Work on the project has been ongoing for a number of years, including wind resource analysis, environmental and cultural features assessments, public consultation, First Nations engagement and turbine siting. Approvals from the Province of Nova Scotia, including Environmental Assessment (EA) Approval from the Nova Scotia Department of Environment, are required before construction can begin. Permits from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality are also required.

  • 31 wind turbines with the capacity to generate up to 50 MW of clean, renewable power
  • Located in the East Bay Hills area of Cape Breton above Route 4 on the east side of the Bras d’Or Lake
  • Approvals from the Province of Nova Scotia, including Environmental Assessment Approval from the Department of Environment, are required before construction can begin. Permits from local municipalities are also required.

Project Location

Further Information
For further information about the East Bay Hills Wind Project email eastbayhillswind@bluearth.ca call 1-844-214-2578 or register for project updates by email.

July 2014

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Nova Scotia Environment Decision

Nova Scotia Environment issued a decision on BluEarth’s Environmental Assessment for the East Bay Hills Wind Project on July 25, 2014. The decision requested further information on wildlife habitat, and provided one-year for BluEarth to provide this information. Wildlife habitat is of utmost importance to us, and we are committed to working with the Ministry to ensure their concerns are addressed. We are reviewing the decision and coordinating with Nova Scotia Environment on the next steps, and will provide a revised project schedule as soon as it is available.

To view the decision letter, click here or visit http://www.novascotia.ca/nse/ea/

BluEarth is pleased to be moving forward with the project which will add 50 MW of clean, renewable and locally-produced power to the Nova Scotia energy mix and inject approximately $27 million into the local economy.

June 2014

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BluEarth registered the East Bay Hills Wind Power Project with Nova Scotia Environment for environmental assessment, in accordance with Part IV of the Environment Act On June 5, 2014.   The  Environmental Assessment filing can be viewed in project documents and on the Nova Scotia Environment website.  The Minister of Environment will decide if the project can be granted conditional environmental assessment approval on or before July 25, 2014.

May 2012

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We continue to work on the required environmental studies and public consultation activities to support the registration of the Environmental Assessment document in the near future.

A public open house is scheduled for May 10, 2012 at the Big Pond Community Fire Hall to communicate the new proposed wind project to the community and to gather community feedback.

East Bay Hills Wind Project –
Public Information Meeting

Big Pond, Nova Scotia

Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012

Time: 4:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Location: Big Pond Community Fire Hall, Route 4