Canadian Wind Power Feasibility Study Funded

Uniterre Resources will match a CAN$100,000 (US$63,000) grant to the Village of Masset and Uniterre Resources from the Canadian Federation of Municipalities to study the feasibility of wind power on the north end of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia…

Vancouver, British Columbia – October 9, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] Uniterre Resources will match a CAN$100,000 (US$63,000) grant to the Village of Masset and Uniterre Resources from the Canadian Federation of Municipalities to study the feasibility of wind power on the north end of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. The Masset Wind Power Feasibility Study grant, given by the Green Municipal Enabling Fund will identify potential wind power sites, conduct wind measurements, recommend the turbine model and manufacturer, design and estimate the costs of grid connection and estimate economic benefits and costs and environmental impacts in Masset. The study will be jointly managed by the partners and conducted with full community and First Nations consultation. “If the feasibility study leads to wind power development, the new Renewable Energy will replace diesel fuel, for substantial cost savings and green house gas emission reductions,” said Barry Pages, Mayor of the Village of Masset. “We are pleased that the Canadian Federation of Municipalities recognizes the need to explore green power options on Haida Gwaii, which has some of the highest greenhouse gas emissions in the province.” “Uniterre believes the feasibility study will have very positive economic and environmental results for Haida Gwaii and the Village of Masset. The Masset/Graham Island grid is the largest diesel-powered grid in BC and could benefit greatly with adding a wind power component to its energy options,” said Michael Altman, President of Uniterre Resources. The proposal arose out of community and First Nations consultations in relation to the proposed Nai Kun offshore wind farm. During those consultations, strong interest was expressed in improving the electricity supply on Haida Gwaii with the addition of a Renewable Energy component. The Village of Masset is an incorporated municipality on the northern end of the Queen Charlotte Islands. The community has experienced many changes in recent years with the closure of the military base and the downturns in the commercial fishing and logging industries. Exploration of alternative energy is consistent with the community’s desire to develop a diverse sustainable economy that maintains the integrity of the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Islands.
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