IKEA Canada pur­chases Win­ter­ing Hills Wind Farm

Com­pany pledges to pro­duce more re­new­able power than it uses by 2020

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

IKEA Canada has taken a leap in its own goal to be­come re­source and en­ergy in­de­pen­dent by pur­chas­ing the Win­ter­ing Hills Wind power in­stal­la­tion.

The wind farm was orig­i­nally con­structed by Sun­cor and Teck Re­sources, and it went on­line in 2012. Last Thurs­day, Jan­uary 26, the com­pany an­nounced it has pur­chased the wind farm from cur­rent co-own­ers Teck Re- sources and Tran­sAlta Cor­po­ra­tion.

“We are com­mit­ted to hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on peo­ple and the planet,” said Bren­dan Seale, Sus­tain­abil­ity Man­ager, IKEA Canada. “This in­vest­ment in re­new­able en­ergy sup­ports our busi­ness and moves us closer to our global am­bi­tion to pro­duce more re­new­able en­ergy than we con­sume by 2020.”

The 88MW wind farm be­tween Dalum and Hus­sar, con­sists of 55 wind­mills that will gen­er­ate 275 Kilo­watt Hours of en­ergy, enough to power 54 IKEA stores or 26,000 Cana­dian house­holds.

This is not the first time they have in­vested in wind en­ergy in Al­berta. In 2013, the com­pany pur­chased a 48MW wind farm near Pincher Creek. These in­stal­la­tions could pro­duce more than four times the en­ergy that IKEA op­er­a­tions in Canada con­sume.

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IKEA Canada has an­nounced it has pur­chased the Win­ter­ing Hills Wind power in­stal­la­tion. The wind farm is spread over ap­prox­i­mately 15,000 acres, and has the ca­pac­ity to power 54 IKEA stores or 26,000 Cana­dian house­holds

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