Enhancement fund for Hermanville-Clearspring first of its kind

Jocelyne Lloyd jlloyd@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on July 21, 2014
Eastern P.E.I. residents Gordon Robertson and Zilla Leslie attended the open house for the new windsite farm in Hermanville this week with Sandy Stewart, left, secretary of economic, trade, policy and strategy, and Energy Minister Wes Sheridan, right.

Residents of Hermanville-Clearspring have a little money to support future development as part of a commitment the provincial government made to residents who accepted having a wind farm in their area.

The P.E.I. Energy Corporation will invest $125,000 in the Northside Windmill Enhancement Fund for the next five years. The funding was used to create a Northside Windmill Enhancement Program which will go towards community development and business growth.

“This enhancement fund is a first of its kind in our province and will benefit the Hermanville-Clearspring area through investments that support local businesses and community infrastructure projects in the area,” said Rural Development Minister Ron MacKinley. “The Northside Windmill Enhancement Fund confirms our government’s priority to ensure the future growth and sustainability of our Island communities.”

Under the community development component, incorporated not-for-profit organizations can apply for funding for capital projects or initiatives which will improve their capacity as vibrant and healthy communities. The business growth component encourages eligible businesses to undertake new or expanded activities to grow their business and enhance economic development in the area.

The Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development will administer the program. Recommendations for funding will come from the Northside windmill enhancement committee.

Sharon MacAulay is chair of the committee. “No project will be too small or too large to be considered.  We have a great group of volunteers on this Committee and hope these funds will be flowing by the end of the summer," she said.

“The Hermanville-Clearspring wind project was intended to be an economic driver for the community,” said Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan. “It employed local firms through $20 million in contracts when it was being constructed, and now this enhancement fund will ensure that the development continues to support the Hermanville-Clearspring area’s efforts to grow and thrive.”

Program guidelines and application forms are available by contacting Chris Blaisdell, community development officer, Department of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Rural Development at 902-687-7083 or cwblaisdell@gov.pe.ca.