The Municipality of Clare recently invested a portion of its Federal Gas Tax Funds in a combined heat and power plant located on the site of the former Comeau Lumber Ltd. Lumber mill in Meteghan.

 

Clare (Nova Scotia) – May 6th, 2011The Municipality of Clare recently invested a portion of its Federal Gas Tax Funds in a combined heat and power plant located on the site of the former Comeau Lumber Ltd. Lumber mill in Meteghan. The agreement between the Municipality of Clare and Green Hunt Wedlake (Receiver) outlines the Municipality’s purchase of the power plant and all associated equipment. The Municipality then gained ownership of Comeau Lumber Ltd.’s remaining assets at a Municipal Tax Sale. “By means of these two separate agreements, the Municipality has secured the site in an effort to safeguard its economic development potential by taking control of the infrastructure needed to eventually produce heat and powe through the power plant and motivate new businesses to consider Clare as a location”, announced Warden Jean Melanson.

Situated on Highway 1 in Meteghan, the site covers approximately fifty acres, has access to three-phase power and is already connected to the municipal sewer system.

In March 2011, after much discussion and pursuant to its « Clare Energy Master Plan », the Municipality of Clare council decided to purchase the idle one megawatt combined heat and power biomass plant and all associated equipment located on the site of the now bankrupt Comeau Lumber Ltd. In Meteghan. The “Clare Energy Master Plan” focuses on energy reduction for the community and project development suggestions for the innovative use of renewable and green energy solutions. The $ 225,000 purchase was paid for completely with Federal Gas Tax Funds. The acquisition by the Municipality of Clare prevented an auction by the Bankruptcy Trustees.

The remaining assets of Comeau Lumber Ltd., which could not be purchased with Federal Gas Tax Funds, including all lands, buildings and equipment became the property of the Municipality of Clare on May 6th via a Municipal Tax Sale where the Municipality of Clare exercised its right to proceed to the recovery of unpaid property taxes through a tax sale, acquiring title to all the assets.