Shau­navon rink part of wind power pro­ject

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS -

A50 me­tre high wind tur­bine will soon be part of the Shau­navon sky­line, with SaskPower se­lect­ing Shau­navon as one of four lo­ca­tions where wind power will par­tially power their ice rink.

Shau­navon, along with Cen­tral Butte, Ea­to­nia and Stras­bourg will be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the SaskPower Self-Gen­er­ated Elec­tric­ity Demon­stra­tion Pro­ject for Rinks which will uti­lize wind power to sup­ply elec­tric­ity for their are­nas. The four projects will ex­plore the po­ten­tial eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits of us­ing wind power. The data SaskPower ob­tains in the five-year pro­ject will help guide fu­ture pro­gram­ming de­ci­sions around cus­tomer self-gen­er­a­tion and en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, for ice rinks and other com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions.

A 50 kilo­watt wind tur­bine will be in­stalled, gen­er­at­ing an es­ti­mated $4,500 and $10,000 of elec­tric­ity per year de­pend­ing on wind to­tals. Saskatchew­an’s higher wind speeds are usu­ally ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing the late fall and win­ter months, when power de­mands at are­nas are at their high­est.

“In Saskatchew­an, it’s easy to un­der­stand why there is so much in­ter­est in wind power,” said Robert Wat­son, SaskPower Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer. “ The per­for­mance of the tur­bines at these lo­ca­tions will be mon­i­tored and eval­u­ated so that mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties – and any­body else that may be con­sid­er­ing a self-gen­er­a­tion pro­ject – will have the most ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion pos­si­ble be­fore mak­ing a de­ci­sion.”

Shau­navon was se­lected from a group of over 150 lo­ca­tions ex­press­ing in­ter­est in par­tic­i­pat­ing in this demon­stra­tion pro­ject. SaskPower is in the process of dou­bling the prov­ince’s wind ca­pac­ity to more than 400 megawatts. Wind power will soon make up about 8.5 per cent of SaskPower’s to­tal gen­er­at­ing ca­pac­ity, which is among the high­est per­cent­ages of in­stalled wind ca­pac­ity in Canada.

A tech­ni­cal eval­u­a­tion has al­ready been pre­pared for SaskPower at the ap­proved sites, and the wind tur­bines are ex­pected to be in­stalled and op­er­a­tional at each of the se­lected sites by late sum­mer. Wor­leyPar­sons, an in­de­pen­dent en­gi­neer­ing, pro­cure­ment and con­struc­tion com­pany, will be man­ag­ing the pro­ject for SaskPower.

SaskPower is cov­er­ing the cap­i­tal costs of the demon­stra­tion projects, cov­er­ing pur­chase costs, in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance costs for the five year pro­ject pe­riod. At the con­clu­sion of the pro­ject, main­te­nance costs and other fi­nan­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties will be­come the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. SaskPower es­ti­mates main­te­nance costs will be ap­prox­i­mately $2,500 per year.

The pro­ject also con­tains a user in­ter­ac­tion fea­ture, where a screen in the fa­cil­ity will dis­play on­go­ing elec­tric­ity pro­duc­tion to­tals from the tur­bine’s op­er­a­tion in­for­ma­tion.

Ear­lier this year com­mu­ni­ties were in­vited by SaskPower to sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­gram, with the four cho­sen com­mu­ni­ties an­nounced on May 26.

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