Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Saskatoon City Council approves innovative wind turbine project at the landfill

City of Saskatoon Councillors approved a city administration request to seek proposals for the design and construction of an 80 metre tall wind turbine at the landfill. Three councillors - Pat Lorje, Darren Hill and Tiffany Paulsen - voted against the proposal.

With the approval, the city administration will issue a request for proposals (RFP) for the $5 million CAD project. The city plans to have the turbine running by January 2013.

Saskatoon Light and Power has been studying the project's feasibility - including wind and foundation stability tests - since 2006. The wind turbine concept used by the city would have a capacity of 2 MW, which would power about 500 homes. The annual 3,000 tonne reduction in greenhouse gas emissions is the equivalent of removing 600 vehicles from Saskatoon streets.

The project will be sited on an existing landfill thereby reclaiming otherwise unusable land.

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