N.B. municipalities submit joint proposals for 2 wind energy projects

A pair of wind energy projects worth an estimated $120 million could be coming to New Brunswick by the end of 2020.

Three municipalities have submitted joint proposals to NB Power's Locally-Owned Renewable Energy Small Scale Program.

A joint release from the Village of Perth-Andover, the City of Edmundston and Saint John Energy, in co-operation with the City of Saint John, says it's the first partnership of its kind in the province.

The municipalities say the 20-megawatt projects would be located in South Oromocto and Chapmanville — selected because of their wind resources and closeness to electricity networks — and could power a total of 12,800 homes every year.

The local entities have joined forces with Valeco Énergie Québec, a company that develops and operates renewable energy power plants, to develop the projects.

If selected, the wind energy projects could be operational as early as Dec. 31, 2020.