The wind farm, says Brothers, was completed under budget and early indications suggest it will exceed its projected annual output of 16.6 GWh. "It's been a pretty encouraging project," he says. The support the project has received from province has also been encouraging, adds Brothers. The government-owned PEI Energy Corporation developed the wind farm, backstopped by a loan guarantee from the province. The provincial government will also buy about 3 GWh of premium priced wind power a year. "I think I can says with fully objectivity that if there's a province in Canada we can count as a strong supporter of wind energy," says Brothers, "I think Prince Edward Island would be it."
Canada's federal government is also a major customer of the North Cape project, signing up for 13 GWh a year to power its facilities in PEI. The island's utility, Maritime Electric, has developed a green power program to market the project's remaining output to its 66,000 customers for a premium of C$1.75 for 50 kWh. It's only the third full-fledged green power program in Canada and the first outside of Alberta, which introduced retail competition to its electricity market almost a year ago.