Wind turbines set for first phase of 130 MW Summerview plant

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Calgary-based Vision Quest Windelectric will take delivery of 38 Vestas V80 1.8 MW wind turbines early this year for the first phase of its planned 130 MW Summerview Wind Farm in southern Alberta. Site work and foundation construction began "about an hour" after the project received the go-ahead from the Alberta Energy and Utilities Board in early December, says Vision Quest's Jason Edworthy. Turbines and towers will start to arrive about February and all 38 machines are expected to be up an operating by July. Right now, the company has a single 1.8 MW exploratory turbine on the site, which covers about 5000 acres in the northeast of the Municipal District of Pincher Creek. Vision Quest is not prepared to announce any customer for Summerview's output at this time, says Edworthy. The availability of transmission coming out of the province's congested southwest will be important when the full 130 MW is completed. The Alberta electric system operator is preparing a transmission development plan for the region to deal with the demand for new grid capacity from wind producers. New lines could be in place by mid-2005. Summerview is the first large scale development in Canada to use the 1.8 MW turbines, although others are planned for Quebec and Nova Scotia.

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