Calgary, Canada [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] ENMAX Green Power announced that the official opening of Alberta’s largest wind energy operation, ENMAX Corporation’s Taber Wind Farm, occurred this month.
Costing nearly $140 million, the 37 Enercon turbines located southeast of the town of Taber have a total generation output of 80 megawatts (MW). The Government of Canada will contribute about $19 million over ten years towards the production of electricity from the wind farm.
“The Taber Wind Farm is playing a meaningful role in changing Alberta’s energy industry by increasing the supply of renewable energy to the province”, said Bob Mills, Member of Parliament for Red Deer, Alberta on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources. “It’s also a great example of our government and industry working together. These collaborations are important if we want to achieve our goal, which is supplying clean, renewable energy to all Canadians.”
The Taber Wind Farm has 100% of its output fully purchased by the City of Calgary.
“We are resolute in our commitment to reduce Calgary’s ecological footprint” added Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier. “Assuring a long-term energy supply from a renewable source like Taber makes good economic sense for Calgarians and good environmental sense for Canadians.”
According to ENMAX, with the addition of power generated at the Taber Wind Farm, Calgary becomes the only major city in Canada to draw at least three-quarters of its electricity from green power. The company says that its agreement is the largest green-power usage commitment (262,500 megawatt hours) of any municipality in North America, which means it’s setting an example for the world.