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Halifax, Nova Scotia-based Shear Wind Inc. has announced initial stages of a feasibility study and development of a new site in New Brunswick.

According to the company, the Mann Siding Project will provide options for electricity transmission through a bid on the next New Brunswick Power request for proposals, or through export possibilities.

Transmission runs directly adjacent to this project. With the recent signing of a wind exploration occupation permit with New Brunswick Crown Lands, Shear Wind intends to build up to 150 MW of power.

Ian Tillard, chief operating officer of Shear Wind, says the New Brunswick property has three qualifications for success.

"The first is access to transmission, second is a good wind resource, and the third is market need," he says. "This new site has a 138 kV transmission line adjacent to the project area, is in a high-potential wind resource area and is in a province which has an aggressive renewable energy policy and access to export markets."

The site encompasses 6,000 hectares of woodlot/cultivated land. Long-term wind monitoring will begin early this winter.

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