A private, independent power producer with deep roots in the Maritimes is generating interest in renewable energy with its focus on small-scale wind, solar and hydro projects for communities and First Nations.
Natural Forces, based in Halifax, has recently completed a single turbine project located near Richibucto, N.B., in partnership with the Pabineau First Nation. It’s the latest of several Maritime wind projects either in development or in operation, including the first wind farm in New Brunswick at Kent Hills and the Wocawson Energy Project near Sussex in partnership with Tobique First Nation.
The Richibucto wind project, which is owned on a 50-50 basis with Natural Forces, is estimated to supply enough electricity to power approximately 900 homes per year, a boon for the small Mi’gmaq First Nation of about 340 people.
Former chief David Peter Paul says the turbine is an invaluable way for the community to “tap into our own source revenues.”