With the first wind turbine by Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative (TREC) due for delivery this month, the organisation is turning its attention to its next much larger project. The co-op has received a $25,000 grant from North America's Commission for Environmental Co-operation to study the feasibility of a 20 MW project called the LakeWind Community Wind Power Consortium. "We want to build the whole notion of community-based investment in green power, because it is very potent," says TREC manager Bryan Young. TREC's pioneering work in the area of renewable energy co-operatives has generated a lot of enthusiasm among others looking to duplicate its success. "We're taking that enthusiasm and doing a feasibility study for a TREC-times-ten, a wind farm outside the city of Toronto that would be co-operatively owned, either by one large Ontario-wide co-operative or a bunch of co-operatives all over Ontario." TREC has been working on the installation of North America's first urban-based wind turbine for years. The foundation for the Lagerwey 750 kW was finally laid in the spring. The co-op and its joint venture partner, Toronto Hydro Energy Services, are installing the turbine at Exhibition Place, home to the Canadian National Exhibition. The partners will split the turbine's output, with TREC selling its electricity to Toronto Hydro under a three year agreement and offering members an annual dividend in proportion to the number of shares they own.
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