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Poll reveals Toronto downtown turbine is positive addition to skyline

Toronto Hydro and the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-op (TREC) celebrated the first anniversary of their downtown turbine with the release of a public opinion poll showing that 69% of residents think the turbine is a positive addition to the city's skyline. Toronto Hydro's Joyce McLean is pleased that most Toronto citizens see the benefits of a project that took four years to bring to fruition. The poll found that more respondents are concerned about knowing their electricity is generated in an environmentally friendly way than about security of supply or price. The turbine, a 750 kW Lagerwey unit from the Netherlands, is jointly owned by Toronto Hydro, which markets its share of output as premium-priced green power, and TREC, which sold C$800,000 worth of shares in the unit to co-op members. The partners are planning a second installation in the city's east end. TREC has already raised more than a quarter million dollars, without doing any marketing, from city residents. It is also working on a 10-20 MW project in conjunction with other community energy co-operatives in Ontario.

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