Ellershouse 3
Wind project

Hello!

This website provides an introduction to the Ellershouse 3 Wind Project (the Project or “Ellershouse 3”), a wind energy project proposed to be developed by a subsidiary of Potentia Renewables Inc. (“Potentia or “PRI”) in partnership with the Annapolis Valley First Nation (“AVFN”) with support from the Alternative Resource Energy Authority (“AREA”). 

On this website, you can find information on our company, the Project, the expected development timeline, and details on regulatory and environmental processes. There is also information on the potential economic and community benefits should the Project proceed. 

About the Project

The Project will be a 35 MW wind project located on private land in the Municipality of West Hants, just south of the Ellershouse community and of the existing 23.5 MW Ellershouse Wind Farm, owned and operated by AREA. The existing Ellershouse Wind Farm consists of 10 wind turbines, developed, and constructed in two phases between 2015 and 2017.  The proposed Ellershouse 3 is located south of the existing wind project and will consist of 6 wind turbines for a total generation capacity of 35 MW. We chose the Project location after careful consideration due to exceptional land and community partners, proven wind resource, and a suitable connection point to the Nova Scotia Power transmission system.

Below is an overview of the Project’s development timeline. Additional permitting and design work will continue in 2024 and start of construction is expected to occur in Spring 2025. The Project could be in operation by December 2025 and would operate for at least 25 years. 

Below is a map of the proposed Project layout., which includes the 6 turbine locations, access roads, electrical collector lines, a temporary laydown area, and the Project substation. 

community engagement and open house

Potentia is committed to engaging all stakeholders throughout the lifetime of the Project. We will continue to work closely with local government and community members, and we strive to keep all parties informed. Your voice counts and your opinion matters to us. If you would like to be added to our newsletter mailing list, please reach out at the contact information below. 

Additional Project information is available in our Community Newsletters linked here: 

We also hosted a Virtual Open House on November 23, 2021.  The presentation for the open house is available here

We also hosted a second in-person Open House on April 29, 2022.  The presentation for the second open house is available here

To share your feedback, input, comments and questions, you can contact us directly via our project email: ellershouse3wind@potentiarenewables.com

community benefits

In addition to the economic benefits just mentioned, the Project will also sponsor a number of capacity building programs to support the community and provide additional benefits as we develop the Project in your area. We are currently reviewing several opportunities with the local Municipality and Mi’kmaq communities. The final capacity building benefits package will be determined together with the leaders from your community. Options currently under consideration include:

  • Post-secondary bursaries for qualifying graduating high school students from the area
  • Charities & Foundation Contributions 
  • Training, Skills Development & Shared Knowledge
  • Employment opportunities
We would love to hear your thoughts on the above and any other ideas you may have for community programs. Send us an email with your comments.

economic benefits

We anticipate the Project will have an immediate positive economic impact with ongoing benefits over the 25-year project life. New revenues to the local economy will include municipal taxes, landowner payments, and local economic activities.

Construction of the Project will also bring employment opportunities to the area. Local contractors, service providers, equipment rentals, suppliers, and other area businesses will all be given preference wherever possible. Your area can also anticipate a local economic boost during the development and construction phase of the Project, specifically for businesses in hospitality and services, including restaurants, short-term housing, and grocery stores.

what does developing a wind project look like:
The Golden South Wind Project in Saskatchewan

Installed turbines at the Golden South Wind Project
Turbine components ready for assembly
Installation of the turbine nacelle
Installation of turbine generator
Rotor and blades lift for installation
Installed turbines at the Golden South Wind Project
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Environmental assessment Approval

We are committed to assessing and limiting environmental impacts of the Project. The Project will adhere to all applicable environmental legislation, regulations and government policies in Nova Scotia. Site-specific wildlife, habitat, noise, cultural, socio-economic, and other studies required by the Environment Act and associated regulations were completed in early 2023

The Project’s Environmental Assessment (EA) Registration was submitted to the Nova Scotia Environment and Climate Change (ECC) on May 16, 2023. The EA Registration Document included the results of all the studies, the layout, potential impacts, and mitigation measures as well as a consultation report with feedback from the community. On July 5, 2023, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change approved the EA Registration, subject to standard conditions that the team is working to complete. This is a major development milestone that will allow the Project to keep moving forward. For the Minister’s decision, please refer to the ECC’s webpage where you can find all documentation related to the Project’s EA registration submission and approval.

We aim to reduce impacts on the natural environment through careful siting of infrastructure and informed planning of the Project. We will also hire a third-party environmental monitor for the construction period to ensure compliance with commitments and requirements. Potentia will actively work with government agencies, environmental professionals and experts, and the community to protect the natural environment surrounding and within the Project area, including water quality, soils, vegetation, wildlife habitat, and sensitive or at-risk species..

Our philosophy stems from the fundamental belief that long-term economic growth should not and need not be achieved at the expense of the environment. Our mission is to safely and sustainably build and operate renewable energy projects for generations to come. We look forward to working with you and your community in building the future of energy today. 

how wind power works

Wind Turbines: When the wind blows, the blades of the wind turbine generate lift which turns the rotor, spinning a generator inside the nacelle and generating electricity. Modern wind turbines range anywhere from 95 to 120 metres in hub height, and each of the 3 blades can range between 60 and 80 metres in length. On average, the final footprint of the turbine is about 20 by 20 metres.

Electrical Interconnection: The wind turbines are connected by an electrical collector system that meets at the substation. The electricity is then converted to the correct voltage and exported to the transmission system for people to use.

Access Roads: Each turbine will have its own access road. Each Access Road is typically 6 metres in width. 

Other Infrastructure: Temporary laydown and storage areas, a permanent operation and maintenance building, and upgrades of local roads may also be required.

Potentia Renewables Inc. (“PRI”) is a Canadian developer, owner, and operator of renewable energy assets across North America. PRI currently has over 1,000 MW of operating renewable energy projects, approximately 400 MW of contracted assets under construction, and over 1.5 GW of projects in development.  

PRI is owned by Power Energy Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Corporation Canada, one of the largest companies listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. PRI’s team has developed, constructed, owned and/or operated over 20% of operating wind and solar projects in Canada. 

Please visit www.potentiarenewables.com to learn more.

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The Alternative Resource Energy Authority is a partnership between the towns of Antigonish, Berwick and Mahone Bay.  The towns each operate electric utilities and distribute power to customers within their service areas. AREA’s mandate is to reduce the costs and carbon intensity of the energy the towns supply their residents by self-generating power through their own projects (such as the existing 23.5 MW Ellershouse Wind Farm) or purchasing directly from alternative sources.   

Please visit www.areans.ca to learn more.