Project Development, Wind Power

Saskatchewan Wind Project Opens

Federal and provincial government representatives joined with industry officials and Gull Lake area residents recently at the official opening of SunBridge, Saskatchewan’s first major wind power project.

GULL LAKE, Saskatchewan, Canada – July 1, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] The CAN$22 million (US$14.5 million) project was developed through a 50/50 partnership between Enbridge Inc. and Suncor Energy Inc. SaskPower is purchasing the wind-generated electricity for sale to the Government of Canada and other customers in Saskatchewan. The SunBridge Wind Power Project was stimulated by a 10-year, CAN$12.4 million (US$8.4 million) federal government commitment to support green power development in Saskatchewan. Funding for this project is built into the existing Government of Canada fiscal framework. “The Government of Canada is pleased to support this significant project,” said Public Works and Government Services Minister Ralph Goodale, on behalf of Natural Resources Canada Minister Herb Dhaliwal and Environment Canada Minister David Anderson. “Together we are developing a green power industry in Saskatchewan that is viable and cost-effective. This type of power can help us meet our energy needs without increasing our greenhouse gas emissions.” “The official opening of the SunBridge Wind Power Project puts Saskatchewan on the national stage as a leader in the development of alternative energy sources,” said Maynard Sonntag, Minister of Crown Investments Corporation, Government of Saskatchewan. “SunBridge now stands as an excellent example of how public and private industry, supported by the commitment from the federal government, are building new relationships and developing strong partnerships that benefit the province’s environment and economy.” “SaskPower’s customers have told us they want the option to purchase power that is reliable, reasonably priced and that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said John Wright, SaskPower President and CEO. “Our involvement in the SunBridge Wind Power Project and work with world-class industry partners reflects SaskPower’s commitment to further develop green power sources and address climate change issues.” Suncor and Enbridge formed SunBridge in 2001 to jointly develop the wind power project. SunBridge is projected to provide nearly six percent of Canada’s total installed wind capacity and will reduce about 32,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. Wind power is expected to be an important part of Saskatchewan’s and Canada’s energy future, providing economic, environmental and social returns. All 17 wind turbines have been in service at the 11-megawatt site since February, providing enough wind generated electricity to meet the needs of about 5,000 homes. Gull Lake is located about 300 kilometers west of Regina, and 55 kilometers west of Swift Current, on the Trans-Canada Highway. The wind powered facility is located five kilometers southeast of Gull Lake.