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    Chin Chute Wind Farm

    Taber was settled by homesteaders in the late 1890’s and was initially a coal-mining town.

    GENERAL INFORMATION

    Location
    20 kilometers southwest of Taber, Alberta 
    Completion date
    November 2006
    Wind power
    30 MW capacity, using 20 GE 1.5 MW wind turbine generators
    Projected CO2 emissions avoided
    Approximately 112,000 tons annually
    Partners
    Suncor Energy Products, Inc., Enbridge Inc.

    Power generation

    The Chin Chute Wind Power Project produces enough electricity for approximately 11,000 homes. The electricity is sold to consumers through Alberta’s electricity grid.

     

    Economic development

    Approximately 160 people were employed during the construction phase of the Chin Chute Wind Farm, and several permanent jobs were created to manage the project. The Chin Chute Wind Power Project provides increased revenues for Alberta through investments in local infrastructure, lease agreements with local landowners and property tax revenues from the project over its lifetime.

     

    How this project is sustainable

    Harnessing a plentiful domestic energy resource like wind to generate electricity provides North America with sustainable and clean-energy choices beyond conventional power plants, which are facing depleting resources, increased carbon emissions and price volatility.

     

    What people are saying

    “Canada’s wind-energy industry is quickly maturing but still has an opportunity to become robustly competitive with conventional energy options. Government support is critical to attracting investment required to develop renewable-energy options and build a self-sustaining industry in Canada.”—Daniel E. Dubois, Chief Development Officer, ACCIONA Wind Energy Canada

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