Wind Power

Guidelines for Canadian Small Wind Power Released

To facilitate the installation of small wind turbines (SWT) across Canada, the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) released a report for both consumers and municipalities with guidelines to ensure proper installation of turbines rated under 300 kilowatts (kW) for Canadian homes, farms and businesses. CanWEA’s goal is to see 10,000 MW of wind energy capacity installed or contracted in Canada by 2010.

“As the Canadian market for small wind turbines grows, consumers are looking for guidance on how to site these turbines in terms of appropriate tower height, property line setbacks, sound output levels and so on,” said Sean Whittaker, Policy Director for CanWEA. “At the same time, municipalities are looking for guidance on how they can develop bylaws that encourage the safe and responsible installation of these turbines in their jurisdictions.” The study, undertaken by eFormative Options and Entegrity Wind Systems, Inc. found that while few Canadian jurisdictions currently have small wind planning and permitting regulatory regimes, many local governments are in the process of updating or revising their planning and permitting protocols. The study team drew on interviews with local planning officials and a survey of small wind retailers and installers to develop the “Best Practice” consumer guidelines and model municipal bylaw. Over the next months, CanWEA will be bringing the report and its findings to the attention of consumers, installers and municipal planners across Canada. The full report, along with further information on small wind turbines, can be found at the links below.