ONTARIO GOVERNMENT HARNESSES WIND POWER AT KENORA FIRE MANAGEMENT HEADQUARTERS
Special Turbines Provide 'Green' Electricity Supply KENORA - The Ontario government is demonstrating its commitment to clean, renewable energy by installing a special type of wind turbine that will generate power at the Kenora Fire Management Headquarters, Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay announced today.
'Using the latest technology to power government facilities supports the province's commitment to renewable energy and green innovation," said Ramsay. "I'm very pleased staff from my ministry initiated this partnership with Cleanfield Energy to install wind turbines that will generate more than 30 per cent of the power needed to run the Kenora facility."
The five vertical-axis wind turbines were developed by Cleanfield Energy and suit a variety of applications. This type of turbine, which can be mounted on a tower or rooftop, met airport height restrictions, enabling the ministry to take advantage of the open land around the airport. The energy produced will help power the fire management facility.
"Across Ontario, we've signed contracts for 80 times more wind energy than the province had in 2003. These and other clean energy projects across the province offer important economic and environmental benefits," said Dwight Duncan, Minister of Energy. "They're all part of the government's plan to ensure safe, clean, reliable and affordable power for the future."
The project was made possible by a grant from the Ontario Public Service Innovation Fund, which provides onetime seed money to support the development and implementation of innovative projects within government ministries.
"This project further illustrates that we have a timely and innovative product that can be applied to various applications in an effective manner," stated Tony Verrelli, President and CEO of Cleanfield Energy. "We are extremely pleased to work with the Ministry of Natural Resources to install these systems and are eagerly anticipating the demonstration of our turbines in extreme weather conditions."
Cleanfield Energy is a Canadian company dedicated to the development of a series of vertical axis wind turbines and other renewable energy products for consumer and commercial applications. The company supplied the turbines at a reduced price and is partnering with the Ministry of Natural Resources to demonstrate the turbines' capacity and ability to operate in severe winter conditions.
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in developing clean, green energy. Other energy initiatives include:
Increasing power generation at Niagara Falls
Targeting to double the provinceâ€™s renewable energy sources by 2025, including wind, solar and water, to 15,700 megawatts, making Ontario a leader in clean energy
Setting the wheels in motion to bring online an additional 10,000 megawatts of electricity supply. Since 2003, 3,000 megawatts of new supply have come online.
Source: Government of Ontario
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