Project Development, Wind Power

Windfarm Starts Feeding Saskatchewan Grid

The first phase of the SunBridge wind power project is generating renewable energy for the provincial utility grid from three test turbines in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan.

GULL LAKE, Saskatchewan, CA, 2001-08-31 [SolarAccess.com] The first phase of the SunBridge wind power project is generating renewable energy for the provincial utility grid from three test turbines in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan. SunBridge is a C$20 million partnership between Suncor Energy Inc. and Enbridge Inc. in a project that was stimulated by a ten-year $12.4 million commitment from the Canadian government last fall to support green power development in Saskatchewan. The provincially owned SaskPower will purchase the electrical output to provide power to federal government buildings in the province, as well as other customers. “Green power is flowing and everything is going according to plan,” says SunBridge project manager Gary Prine. “We’re running the first three test turbines for about three weeks, and then we’ll switch over to the next three units.” Each turbine generates 660 kilowatts at full production. “We hope to have most of the turbines completed and running before winter settles in, but the full commissioning and power generation is still scheduled for June 2002,” says Prine. When completed, the 17 turbines will generate 11 MW of electricity for distribution through the power grid. “Turning wind power into green power for Saskatchewan is a great move toward building Suncor’s alternate and renewable energy business in Canada,” says president & CEO Rick George.”SunBridge is part of our parallel path strategy to support the diversification of energy sources over the long term.” SunBridge is part of Suncor’s commitment to invest $100 million in renewable and alternative energy sources by 2005. Enbridge is based in Calgary, Alberta, and is one of the largest customers of SaskPower. It operates the world’s longest oil pipeline system in Canada and the U.S.