Canada's Melancthon EcoPower Centre opened on October 30 after three years of construction. The country's largest wind farm is located near Shelburne, Ontario and has a capacity of 199.5 MW.
The developer of the project, Canadian Hydro, expects the 133-turbine farm to have an annual output of 545 GWh, enough to power 70,000 homes. All of that electricity will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority.
The EcoPower Centre is just one of three Ontario-based wind projects to go online within the next two months. Alberta and Quebec also have smaller wind farms and ongoing projects. By the end of the year, all three areas combined will be producing 1,917 MW of wind power.
Canada plans to shut down all coal power plants by 2014 and will be relying on wind and solar power to step in as renewable energy sources. Projects like the EcoPower Centre may seem less significant when looked at individually, but as part of a large national movement towards clean energy, they're very important.
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