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Under a joint venture agreement, Wenvor Technologies of Guelph, Ontario, is to build Canadian versions of the four small wind turbine models made by French company, Vergnet. Wenvor's Al Paulissen says his firm expects to start building Vergnet 10 and 25 kilowatt models this spring, and then the 15 and 20 kW versions. These will be sold to small niche markets in North and South America which are already being tapped. Wenvor plans to erect a French-made 25 kW Vergnet turbine near Collingwood, Ontario, north of Toronto later this year, to serve as a showcase turbine. The first turbine will be French made, but Wenvor is aiming to make as many of the components as possible, buying in other parts from North American suppliers. Compared with shipping units into Canada from France this should cut costs by 50%, says Paulissen, who believes the Canadian-made turbines will cost $2,000 per kilowatt. Among potential customers in Canada, Paulissen is negotiating with Ontario First Nation groups to set up a pilot project with Vergnet units.

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