Spaniards install American wind turbines in southern Alberta

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Suncor Energy and Spain's Corporacion Energía Hidroeléctrica de Navarra (EHN) have received regulatory approval to build a 30 MW wind project in southern Alberta (Windpower Monthly, July 2003). It is the first project in Canada to announce plans to use 1.5 MW turbines from American GE Wind Energy. Site preparation work for the C$48 million Magrath project has begun, with installation of the 20 turbines scheduled for May. The partners hope to complete commissioning in August, says Suncor's Patti Lewis. They plan to sell the power into the province's electricity grid. Suncor, an energy company best known for its massive oil sands operations, says the wind farm is a major step in its plans to build a renewable energy business. "It supports the diversification of Canada's energy sources for the future and empowers consumers to choose renewable energy to meet part of their energy needs," says CEO Rick George. The company is already an equal partner with Enbridge, an oil and gas transmission company, in the 11.2 MW Sunbridge wind project in the neighbouring province of Saskatchewan. EHN, which says it has installed more than 1500 MW of renewable energy projects, is Spain's largest wind power developer and is participating in the Magrath project through its subsidiary, EHN Wind Power Canada Inc. "This is our first experience in Canada," says Alberto de Miguel, EHN's executive director of development.

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