DuPont Canada considers wind farm

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The Canadian subsidiary of one of the largest fibre and chemical companies in the world is considering a wind farm on one of its factory sites as part of its goal to obtain 10% of its total energy needs from renewable sources by 2010. DuPont Canada has agreed with Ottawa's Vector Wind Energy Inc for the installation of a monitoring tower at the company's manufacturing plant in Kingston, Ontario. Vector plans to monitor the resource for at least a year, says the company's Brian Barr. The size of the site will limit the project to 3.5 MW, he says, but will provide the company with an entry point into the wind business. "It is a good combination of load, land and a marquee customer that helps to get us noticed," he says. "It is kind of unique because it is effectively a behind-the-meter wind installation." Vector will build, own and operate the project and has the option to sell all of the output to the DuPont plant. It can also hold back 20% if the City of Kingston, as Barr expects it will, decides to create a retail green credit buying program. "We want to be in a position to supply it." The city has an initiative called SWITCH, which brings together industry, local government and research institutions interested in making Kingston a focus of renewable energy in North America.

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