Project Development, Wind Power

Works Starts on Canadian Windfarm

Preliminary site work has started on a major wind energy facility in central Canada.

TORONTO, Ontario, CA, 2001-06-06 [SolarAccess.com] Preliminary site work has started on a major wind energy facility in central Canada. The SunBridge wind power project is a C$20 million partnership between Suncor Energy Inc. and Enbridge Inc. Site excavation and pouring of concrete will be followed soon by the installation of 17 turbines near Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. The windfarm will generate up to 11 megawatts of electricity when it is operational next June. As part of the regulatory approval process, SunBridge has conducted detailed assessment of potential environmental and socio-economic impacts, and has committed to ongoing monitoring of the impact of construction and operations on native vegetation and wildlife. Electricity from the facility will be distributed through the Saskatchewan grid, with the provincial utility SaskPower purchasing the power for use in federal government buildings in Saskatchewan and other customers. The purchase is part of the federal government’s commitment to purchase 20 percent of power for its facilities from green energy, with emphasis on sites in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Prince Edward Island. Those three provinces rely on high-carbon fuels to generate the majority of their power. Enbridge is a Calgary-based energy company that operates the longest crude oil and liquids pipeline system in the world. It owns Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company and provides gas in Ontario, Quebec and New York to 1.5 million customers. Suncor is also based in Calgary, and is involved in the oil sands project in northern Alberta. It operates under the Sunoco brand and is investing in wind energy and other alternative energy sources under its division, Suncor Energy Alternative & Renewable Developments. Last year, Suncor announced plans to invest $100 million in alternative and renewable energy projects by 2005.