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Published on October 22nd, 2008 | by Ariel Schwartz

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British Columbia Installs Its First Commercial Wind Turbine

October 22nd, 2008 by  


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Earthfirst Canada has announced that British Columbia’s first commercial wind turbine—a 3 MW Vestas V90— was fully assembled on October 6th about 50 kilometers northwest of Chetwynd, British Columbia.

The turbine, which is part of the Dokie Wind Project, will provide power for 700 homes in the area once it is connected to the grid. The Vestas turbine is one of seven that will be built this year as part of the project. 41 more turbines will be installed next year.

Once the 144 MW project is completed in 2009, it will power approximately 33,000 homes. While I’m surprised that it has taken BC this long to get a commercial wind power project going, it’s nice to see that the region is now moving full-speed ahead.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



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