Wind Energy: Top 10 Highest Producing Wind Power Plants In Canada
A recent study by the Canadian Wind Energy Association has confirmed that 140 wind farms exist in Canada. Of these existing farms, the most electricity produced by any one of them is just under 198 Megawatts. Unfortunately, this meagre amount is no threat to the other competing wind farms around the world. The government of Canada, to ensure the flourishing of Canadian wind farms in the future, has created a new Ontario FIT program.
The most powerful wind farm in the world today is located in the United States in the town of Roscoe, Texas. Generating over seven hundred and fifty Megawatts of electrical power, with more than six hundred and twenty wind turbines, the Roscoe farm is strewn across 100, 000 acres of land. This impressive wind farm can power an average of 250,000 homes in the state of Texas.
The current capacity of wind farm energy in Canada is only 5, 265 Megawatts. This amount is around two percent of total Canadian energy requirements, yet it is enough to power over one million homes; however, if compared to the state of Texas, which produces over ten thousand Megawatts through its various wind farm projects (40 to be exact), Canada seems to pale in comparison.
Canada still has much room for growth when it comes to wind farm energy production; however, if we take a look at the top 10 wind farms in the country, it is evident that growth and development is happening steadily in this area:
10) Baie-des-Sables, Quebec
The tenth largest wind farm in Canada is the Baie-des-Sables wind farm located on the Gaspe Péninsule of Bas Saint-laurent, Quebec. This wind farm has seventy-three turbines that generate 109.5 Megawatts of electricity.
9) Carleton Wind Farm
Generating just under 110 Megawatts of wind power since 2008, the Carleton Wind Farm boasts 73 powerful GE turbines and is located in Carleton-sur-mer, Quebec. The Carleton Wind Farm is the ninth largest wind farm in all of Canada.
8) Jardin dEole Wind Farm, QC
The eighth largest wind farm in Canada is the Jardin dEole Wind Farm located in Saint-Ulric, Quebec. Boasting eighty-five GE wind turbines, this farm has been pumping out 127.5 Megawatts of electricity since November 2009.
7) Melancthon Phase II, ON
Coming in at number seven on the list of Canada's largest wind farms is the Melancthon Phase II wind farm situated between Georgian Bay and Lake Ontario. This wind farm boasts over eighty-eight GE turbines and produces over one hundred and thirty Megawatts of electricity.
6) St. Joseph, Manitoba
Located in southern Manitoba, the St. Joseph wind farm is the sixth largest wind farm in all of Canada. The St. Joseph wind farm has can generate one hundred and thirty eight Megawatts of electricity with its sixty turbines.
5) Dokie Wind Project, British Columbia
The Dokie Wind Project, near Chetwynd, British Columbia is the fifth largest wind farm in Canada. Boasting a grand total of 43 new wind turbines, this farm creates one hundred and forty four Megawatts of electric energy for British Columbia Hydro.
4) Centennial Wind Power Facility, SK
The fourth largest wind farm in all of Canada is the Centennial Wind Power Facility located southwest of Swift Current, Saskatchewan. This particular farm has 83 turbines that create just under 150 Megawatts of electricity for SaskPower. This is enough electricity to power approximately sixty nine thousand homes in Saskatchewan each year.
3) Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm
The third largest wind farm in Canada is the Enbridge Ontario Wind Farm located near Kincardine, Ontario. This wind farm has over 100 turbines and has been producing 181 Megawatts of electricity since April 2009.
2) Prince Wind Farm
The Prince Wind Farm, north of Sault Ste. Marie and near the shores of Lake Superior, is the second largest wind farm in all of Canada. Boasting a grand total of 126 GE wind turbines, this farm creates one hundred and eighty nine Megawatts of electric energy.
1) Wolfe Island EcoPower Centre
The number one largest wind farm in all of Canada is the Wolfe Island EcoPower Centre located near Kingston, Ontario (and more specifically near the entrance to the St. Lawrence River on the western side of the island.) This particular wind farm has over eighty-six Siemens wind turbines that are capable of generating over 197 Megawatts of electricity, enough to power over 75, 000 homes each year throughout Canada with clean, renewable energy.
About the Author
Corey Rozon is a freelance content writer from Ottawa, Canada. This article about wind turbines and wind farms was written with the help of Windsmith Energy Services, who provide wind turbine installation both nationally and internationally.