Monday, February 28, 2011

Wind power battery storage project in Saskatchewan gets federal funding

A wind turbine and battery storage system project located on the Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan is set to receive $2.79 million CAD as part of a $64 million CAD Canadian government investment from the Clean Energy Fund announced on Sunday February 27, 2011.

The wind turbine and a battery storage system will be installed on the Cowessess First Nation's land to demonstrate how intermittent wind power can be harnessed and stored to provide constant continuous energy.

Chief Lerat of Cowessess said they have a strong interest in preserving the environment and wind is a major natural resource on First Nations land. The hope is that other First Nations reserves in Saskatchewan will follow with wind farm developments if this program is successful.

Yesterday, the Canadian Federal government also announced a commitment of $9.2 million CAD for the Digby wind farm in Nova Scotia and $11.2 million CAD to the University of British Columbia to undertake a clean heat and power project as well as funding for an ethanol plant in Varennes, Quebec.

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