Seven renewable energy projects across Canada will see funding as investments from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.
In British Columbia, the Kwalsa low-impact hydro project near Harrison Lake will benefit from an investment of up to $35 million. When complete, the Kwalsa Energy Project will have a total capacity of 90 megawatts from eight turbines operating on four waterways around Harrison Lake at Douglas, Fire, Stokke and Tipella Creeks. The peak electricity demands of more than 27,000 households can be met with that amount of clean electricity. The site is located about 90 kilometres northeast of Vancouver.
Advanced Energy Systems 1 L.P.’s South Cranberry Creek Power Project, along the Columbia River about 30 kilometres south of Revelstoke, B.C., will receive up to $3.7 million over ten years. The two turbines at South Cranberry Creek can provide 9.35 megawatts of renewable electricity capacity-as much as 37,400 megawatt-hours of clean, emissions-free electricity a year.
One hundred and thirty new homes in Salmon Arm, B.C. will receive solar water heaters with $130,000 for the Thermo Matrix Solar Project, administered by Tigress Ventures Environmental Consulting, Thermo Matrix and Illingworth Developments. The government’s contribution is approximately 20 per cent of the total cost of purchasing and installing the systems.
Synex Energy Resources, Ltd.’s Cypress Creek Hydroelectric Project will receive up to $1.1 million. The low-impact, run-of-river hydro project will operate with one turbine, rated at 2.84 megawatts (MW). On average, the project will generate eleven gigawatt hours of clean, emissions-free electricity a year. The Cypress Creek plant will complement Synex’s existing 3.8 MW Mears Creek Hydroelectric plant located about 10 km away.
Alberta’s ENMAC Corporation will see $450,000 to launch its new solar hot-water program, which is currently in its testing phase. ENMAX Energy is exploring a business model based on an upfront fee for consumers, followed by a monthly rental fee to be partially offset by energy savings gained from the sun. Through this project, ENMAX is expecting to bring solar hot-water systems to homeowners in and around the Calgary area by spring 2009.
In Prince Edward Island, Norway Wind Park will receive up to $2.8 million over ten years. Located on the northwest tip of P.E.I., near the village of Norway, the park has three wind turbines in operation, providing nine megawatts of clean renewable power capacity, enough to power more than 2,500 homes. The project was completed in June 2007.
The East Point Wind Plant-the $50-million project developed by the PEI Energy Corporation, a provincial Crown Corporation-will receive an investment of up to $9 million over ten years. The ten turbines at the plant have a total generating capacity of 30 megawatts-enough clean electricity to meet more than seven percent of Prince Edward Island’s total electricity needs.
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