Centennial Wind Power Facility Delivers Clean Energy

The 150- megawatt (MW) Centennial Wind Power Facility has officially opened and will generate enough zero-emissions electricity for the equivalent of 64,000 Saskatchewan homes. Built by SaskPower International, it is 25 kilometers southeast of Swift Current.

“Construction of the Centennial Wind Power Facility brought economic, employment and other benefits to the province,” said John Nilson, Minister responsible for SaskPower. “Now that this facility is complete, it firmly establishes Saskatchewan as a leader in Canada in terms of providing its generation through wind power. The Centennial Wind Power Facility will stand as a Centennial legacy for Saskatchewan and a great example of our government’s vision of a green and prosperous economy.” It is estimated that construction of the facility had a multi-million-dollar impact on the Saskatchewan economy, from local suppliers, including those providing food and accommodations to the construction workers, to Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd. in Saskatoon who manufactured the 83 steel towers for the turbines. “On behalf of SaskPower and SaskPower International, I want to thank everyone involved with the planning, design, construction and commissioning of the facility,” SaskPower President and CEO Pat Youzwa said. “We also want to thank the area residents, the RM of Coulee and surrounding communities, including Swift Current, for their support with such a large project.” At this time, the Centennial Wind Power Facility is the largest operating wind power facility in Canada. Saskatchewan now has 172 MW of wind generation capacity totaling approximately five per cent of the province’s total electrical generation capacity. This is currently said to be the highest percentage in Canada. “The Government of Canada is providing approximately $54 million in funding over 10 years to the project,” said Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. “Wind power, along with other renewables, is a key part of this Government’s strategy to reduce emissions and help Canadians enjoy clean air, clean water, clean land and clean energy.”
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