CanWEA, an association, which actively promotes wind energy development in Canada, has celebrated the installation of the first wind turbine manufactured utilizing local products produced in Canada.
The wind turbine is installed at Pointe-Aux-Roches wind project, in Ontario under the Feed-in-Tariff program (FIT). The parts of the wind turbine are manufactured in Canada and it incorporates steel towers made of Ontario steel and is constructed at Essar Algoma Steel, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario.
Robert Hornung, CanWEA’s president, said that the steel towers utilized in the wind power project stands as testimony for the economic benefits, a wind energy project can contribute to Ontario under the newly formed Green Energy Act (GEA). He added that most of the long term energy plans of Ontario revolve on GEA to offer the required foresight and stable policies to invite new investments in wind turbine parts production all over the province and to generate a number new green job positions in Ontario.
Canada presently has an installed wind production capability of 3,549 MW. Ontario produces almost one third of the total wind energy generation of Canada and leads with 1,298 MW power production. Quebec and Alberta with 663 MW and 656 MW power generation meets another one third of the total power production and the rest of seven provinces together generate the balance of the one third wind power generation.