Wind Power

Magrath Wind Power is Grid Connected

Power produced from the wind farm in Magrath, Canada is now part of the energy grid after a month of working the turbines up to full operation. The CAD $48 million (US$ 37 million) Magrath Wind Power Project is an equal partnership between Suncor Energy, EHN Wind Power Canada and Enbridge.

Magrath, Canada – September 21, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] There are 20 GE 1.5 MW turbines on the site and they have the capacity to generate 30 MW of green electricity, which is enough to power approximately 13,000 homes. People living in Magrath had more than just a new power source to celebrate when the farm was hooked up to the grid. The partner companies donated $28,500 to the town in recognition of the community’s support for the wind power project. The money will go toward a main street refurbishment project that includes new park benches and an outdoor stage. “This project is an excellent example of how the Government of Canada’s WPPI (Wind Power Production Incentive) program is helping industry compete successfully in the marketplace, and gives consumers the option to choose cleaner energy sources,” said the Honourable R. John Efford, Minister of Natural Resources Canada. “The Magrath Wind Power Project demonstrates that we benefit both environmentally and economically by spurring technological innovation that contributes to our climate change goals and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.” The Magrath Wind Power Project will receive CAD$9 million (US$ seven million) over the next ten years from the Government of Canada through its Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI). Electricity generated by the wind project is split between Enbridge, which purchased one third of the facility’s electricity for its pipeline operations, and power consumers throughout the Alberta electrical grid. EHN will operate the facility.