North America's first urban wind turbine project is now well on its way to realisation following a federal cash grant and a net billing agreement with utility Toronto Hydro. The Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative (TREC) will receive C$330,000 from the federal Climate Change Action Fund towards construction of two turbines, topping the C$800,000 line of credit from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund earlier this year (Windpower Monthly, April 1999). In addition, Environment Canada has kick started TREC's green power program, agreeing to pay C$98,500 in return for wind power supplies for its Toronto offices and laboratories. "These windmills are the first to be built in a downtown urban setting in North America and will be a lasting reminder to our customers that Toronto Hydro is committed to green energy," says the utility's John Brooks. Toronto Hydro and TREC will share the energy output from the two turbines. According to the net billing agreement, TREC will sell shares for C$500 per kWh of green power to its co-operative members, who will then be credited with this power on their bills from Toronto Hydro. Toronto Hydro and TREC expected to issue a request for proposals for the supplier of the turbines at the start of this month, with a decision in September.
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