Monday, January 16, 2012
The St. Joseph wind farm turns one !
The St. Joseph wind farm, Manitoba's largest, turned one year old last week.
On January 11, 2011 the first of the 80 metre tall, 2.3 megawatt turbines were put into service. By April all 60 were up and running and generating a total of 138 megawatts of power.
In a recent PortageOnline article about the anniversary, the owner of the $345m project, Pattern Energy, said that they would like to double the number of turbines.
It's the second large scale wind farm in that area. In April 2005 Manitoba's first wind farm, the Algonquin Power, 99 megawatt project near Saint Leon / Somerset, began operating. Its 63 slightly smaller turbines generate 99 megawatts of power.
The two farms generate enough electricity to power 85,000 homes, (St. Joseph 50,000 and St. Leon 35,000.)
I've driven through the area a couple of times and have to admit that the turbines are mesmerizing. If you get a chance to drive from St. Joseph to Somerset, do. Aside from the turbines there's some lovely scenery, including rolling hills. ! (For a cyclist's perspective.)
Saint Leon celebrates 99 Megawatt Wind Farm Manitoba News release
St. Leon Energy Project Manitoba Hydro brochure (pdf)
Manitoba's largest Wind Farm Powers Up Province of Manitoba
St. Joseph Energy Project Manitoba Hydro (pdf)