EarthFirst Receives Environmental Approval on Nova Scotia Wind Power Project


    CALGARY, July 16 /CNW/ - EarthFirst Canada Inc. ("EarthFirst") (TSX: EF,
EF.WT) announced today that the Government of Nova Scotia has approved an
Environmental Assessment for the Corporation's 45 MW Nuttby Mountain wind
project, located in Colchester County.
    Receiving the provincial permit is a significant milestone in
EarthFirst's plans to move forward with this project. The timing of the
approval is consistent with the development schedule for the project, with
completed installation of the turbines currently planned for the end of 2009.
The Company has in place a signed Power Purchase Agreement and a completed
interconnection feasibility study from Nova Scotia Power Inc. The next steps,
prior to entering a construction phase, include finalizing turbine purchase
arrangements, awaiting environmental approval from the Federal Government of
Canada and any municipal permits which may be required.

    EarthFirst is a leading Canadian developer of wind energy projects with a
portfolio of over 2,500 MW of potential renewable generating capacity. This
includes the Company's 144 MW Dokie I project in British Columbia which has
commenced construction and is due to be completed in 2009. An additional
226 MW of fully permitted projects that are expected to be tendered into the
recently announced BC Clean Power Call. Common Shares and Warrants of
EarthFirst Canada Inc. are listed on the TSX under the symbol EF and EF.WT,

    Certain statements included in this news release constitute
"forward-looking information" within the meaning of applicable securities
legislation including the timing of the construction of the Nuttby Mountain
Project, anticipated completion of the turbine supply agreement, the financing
of this project and EarthFirst's expected installed windpower capacity by the
end of 2009. Such forward-looking information involves known and unknown
risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results,
performance or achievements of EarthFirst to be materially different from any
future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such
forward-looking information.
    Specifically, some of the material risks include not being able to
acquire turbines and or required permits, delays in construction timing or
turbine delivery and not being able to obtain financing for the Nuttby
Mountain Project. In providing such forward-looking information we have made
various assumptions regarding, among other things, turbine availability,
timing of the receipt of permits, interest rates, foreign currency exchange,
projected construction costs, timeframes and the costs of and availability of
skilled labour.
    The forward-looking information contained in this news release represents
the expectations of EarthFirst as at July 16, 2008, and, accordingly, is
subject to change after such date. However, EarthFirst expressly disclaims any
intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking information,
whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as
required by applicable law.

For further information:

For further information: Linda Chambers, President and Chief Executive
Officer, EarthFirst Canada Inc., Tel: (403) 513-0778, Toll Free: 1 (877)
513-0777, E-mail:; Erich Ossowski, Vice
President, Windpower Development, EarthFirst Canada Inc., Tel: (403) 513-0764,
Toll Free: 1 (877) 513-0777, E-mail:

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