Toronto Getting First Wind Turbine

Joint venture partners, Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. and the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative (TREC), have selected a manufacturer for the first wind turbine in Toronto, to be located on the waterfront at Exhibition Place. Lagerwey Windturbine International B.V., a Dutch-based manufacturer, has been chosen for the contract worth approximately $1.2 million (US$750,00).

TORONTO, Ontario 2002-03-29 [SolarAccess.com] “We’re delighted that, in a matter of months, Toronto will be the site of the first downtown wind turbine in Canada,” said Hilda Mackow, President and Chief Executive Officer of Toronto Hydro Energy Services. “Because of the prominent location, the turbine will go a long way in raising public awareness of the benefits of this renewable technology. It’s part of our commitment to our customers and the city – to develop green electricity sources that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve our local air quality.” To facilitate the development of TREC’s share of the project, the Co-operative received assistance from the Government of Canada and the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF). The Government of Canada provided TREC with a $240,000 (US$150,000) contribution towards the purchase of the wind turbine. An additional $90,000 (US$56,000) in federal funding is helping the cooperative develop this community-based model of wind energy. “The Government of Canada is pleased to be working with companies and communities across the country to explore innovative approaches to the challenges of pollution and global warming,” said Environment Minister David Anderson. “The building of this facility on the Toronto waterfront will become a highly visible landmark demonstrating to Torontonians and all visitors of Canada’s largest metropolis that it is possible to produce power in an environmentally-friendly way.” The Lagerwey wind turbine, a three-bladed 750 kW gearless generator, is capable of producing 1,800-megawatt hours of energy per year, enough electricity for about 250 homes. Delivery of the turbine is scheduled for September and commissioning is planned for later in the fall. This is Lagerwey’s first installation of a utility-scale wind turbine in North America. Each of the turbine’s blades, 29 meters in length, will be mounted on a tower 65 meters high. From the ground to the tip of the highest blade, the turbine will stand 98 meters tall, about as high as the Royal York Hotel in downtown Toronto. Estimates indicate the wind turbine will displace, annually, up to 1,800 tons of carbon dioxide, 8,400 kilograms of sulphur dioxide and 5,600 kilograms of nitrous oxide – the main ingredients in acid rain, smog and ground-level ozone. Toronto Hydro Energy Services is purchasing the electricity generated by the wind turbine as part of the pool of green power it plans to make available for purchase by businesses and homeowners. TREC, a member-owned cooperative, will be selling memberships, marketed under the name “WindShare,” in its share of the turbine to businesses and homeowners. The Government of Canada has an option to acquire some of the electricity generated by the turbine for federal government facilities in the City of Toronto. Under the terms of the joint venture, Toronto Hydro Energy Services and TREC will install two wind turbines on Toronto’s waterfront. Negotiations continue for the construction of a turbine on the second site, located at the Ashbridge’s Bay Sewage Treatment Plant.

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