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Manitoba’s first wind farm starts the blades turning

Three turbines at Manitoba's first wind farm began turning last month in the community of St. Leon, 150 kilometres ...

May 10, 2005   Canadian Consulting Engineer

Three turbines at Manitoba’s first wind farm began turning last month in the community of St. Leon, 150 kilometres southwest of Winnipeg.
The wind farm is being developed by Airsource Power Fund with turbines constructed by Vestas-Canadian Wind Technology.
Eventually the wind farm will see a total of 63 windmills erected over the next six months, with the hope of generating 99 MW, enough electricity to power a small city.
The rural municipality is apparently already benefiting from the economic spinoffs, and farmers are to be paid a minimum of $2,500 each year for every tower on their property.
A majority of construction costs for the first phase are anticipated to qualify as Canadian renewable conservation expenses under the Income Tax Act (Canada).
AirSource is managed by its general partner, AirSource Power Fund GP Inc., which is owned by GreenWing-Algonquin Power Development Inc., the principal shareholders of which are GreenWing Energy, Inc. and Algonquin Power (St. Leon) Inc.

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