Winds Bring Opportunity
No one has to tell the people who live here about the strong winds that blow off the ocean. There is another strong wind blowing across the District of Guysborough and that’s the wind of progress and opportunity for a stronger future. When the
onshore terminal for Sable gas came here, the benefits began to flow. That offshore project may be past its peak, but we can turn those benefits to our advantage for years to come.
The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is partnering with Nova Scotia Power to develop a 13.8 MW wind farm named Sable Wind, a project that will create jobs and other economic opportunity and activity in our district. The wind farm site is located at the east end of the Municipality near Canso/Hazel Hill.
This proposal is about the municipality and the people of the district taking hold of our future and becoming a player in the development of long-term, environmentally responsible renewable energy. We will use that energy here and to contribute to the province’s renewable energy goals.
The residents of the District of Guysborough have spoken loud and clear of their determination; their vision to build a future for and in this district. Sable Wind is a progressive step into the energy future and an exciting opportunity to breathe life into that vision.
Natural Advantages Will Bring Real Benefits
Let’s think about what this means for us, in both practical and intangible terms. For the past year or so, we’ve been telling
everyone who would listen about the District of Guysborough’s Natural Advantages. Harnessing the power of the strongest winds in the province is one of those natural advantages.
The Sable Offshore Energy project provided various benefits to the district. The Deep Panuke offshore gas project will add to those. But one thing is certain about oil and gas, no matter where it is. It is a finite, non-renewable resource. It will run out and the benefits—the power it generates, the revenue it brings in, and the jobs it creates— will run out right along with it. We can take the benefits that come from offshore gas, in revenue to the district, and continue to pay for services and hold down taxes until the money runs out. Or we can invest the revenue wisely, create a lasting legacy for the district and join the future as a major source of renewable power.
The second choice keeps benefits flowing to the people of the District today, and guarantees more benefits keep on flowing for years, indeed for generations to come. There will be jobs in construction and in ongoing operations. Economic spin-offs and economic opportunities. Those are practical benefits.
Think too about the intangible—what this says about our district. We will be the first municipality in the province to invest in, build and own a major wind power project. It says we aren’t just making noise when we talk about our Natural Advantages —we know how to use them responsibly to create prosperity. It says we are part of the global energy solution and are moving confidently into that future. It says we are here to stay and willing to do what it takes to build a future here, in the District of Guysborough.
It says to people everywhere, that in the north east corner of Nova Scotia there is a community, large in geography and in natural advantages. Not too many folks live here, but those that do have pride in their present and confidence in their future. It
says the District of Guysborough is not just a place to watch, it may well be the place to be—or the next big place.
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