Saskpower selects Vestas as supplier for 6 MW project

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Vestas Canadian Wind Technology will supply and install nine 660 kW wind turbines for Saskpower's 5.9 MW Cypress Wind Power Project. The government owned utility announced plans to build the project last year (Windpower Monthly, July 2001) and issued a request for proposals for a turbine supplier. Construction of the C$10.9 million plant, located near Gull Lake in Saskatchewan's windy southwest, is expected to begin in early summer with the turbines in service by September. "This is a significant next step in our efforts to balance the need for reliable and safe electricity service throughout Saskatchewan, with the responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment," says Crown Investments Corporation minister Maynard Sonntag. Saskpower is also buying wind generated electricity from the 11 MW Sunbridge project (Windpower Monthly, May 2001). Sunbridge's 17 Vestas 660 kW turbines have been installed, but Saskpower's Larry Christie says a substation has to be built at the site before all can feed into the grid. The Saskatchewan government, Canada's federal government and Saskpower will buy wind power from the projects over the next ten years. The utility has also begun offering a green power option to its large commercial and industrial customers at C$3.50 for each 100 kWh block. The University of Regina is the program's first customer, agreeing to buy C$20,000 of wind power annually for its new Greenhouse Gas Technology Centre opening this spring.

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