Wind farm for Prince Edward Island

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The Prince Edward Island Energy Corporation will build a 5 MW wind farm to supply federal and provincial government facilities in Canada's smallest province with green power. The C$9.3 million project, which will consist of eight Vestas V47 660 kW wind turbines, will be located next to the existing Atlantic Wind Test Site in North Cape. The turbines for the project are due to be delivered this month and expected to be generating by July 2002. The power will be sold to Maritime Electric Company for distribution, at a premium price, to provincial and federal government offices. The premium will be returned to the PEI Energy Corporation, which is owned by the province. In its year 2000 budget, the government of Canada committed C$4.5 million over ten years to purchase green power in Prince Edward Island, enough to cover about 75% of its electricity requirements. The province has budgeted C$1.1 million over the same period. Maritime Electric will also develop a green power program to market the output that exceeds the consumption of the two levels of government, about 600,000 kWh each year.

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