Wednesday, April 12, 2006

2006 already a record year for Canada's wind energy industry

260 MW of new installed capacity only the beginning.

Canada's wind energy industry has already broken its annual growth record in 2006 and is set to shatter it before the year is out. As of April 2006, Canada had installed 260 MW of new wind energy capacity, breaking the existing record of 239 MW established in 2005. An additional 250 MW of new wind energy capacity is expected to be installed in Canada before the end of 2006. Canada currently has 943 MW of installed wind energy capacity, enough to power more than 285,000 homes.

"With Canada's installed wind energy capacity expected to grow by more than 70% this year, it is clear that growth in Canada's wind energy production is rapid and accelerating", says Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association. "A solid foundation is being built in 2006 that puts Canada's wind energy industry on track to meeting and exceeding current provincial government objectives that seek a minimum of 8,500 MW of wind energy to be in place in Canada by 2015."

Projects already installed this year include the Kettles Hill Wind Farm in Alberta, the Centennial Wind Power Facility in Saskatchewan, the St. Leon Wind Farm in Manitoba, and the Kingsbridge and Melancthon Wind Power Projects in Ontario. These projects represent a total investment of $503 million and provide a number of local economic benefits in the form of lease income to landowners, tax revenues to municipal governments, and new investment and jobs in rural communities across Canada. There are also significant environmental benefits.

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