Sunday, August 27, 2006

Windy Hotspot.

Some time ago, I posted a newspaper article about the wind farm at St-Leon in Manitoba. It seems that, at least until these things (hopefully) become more common, they've had an additional side benefit.

Manitoba’s first-ever wind farm in St. Leon is not only good for the environment and the provincial economy, it’s also fast becoming a tourism hotspot, Energy, Science and Technology Minister Dave Chomiak and Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Eric Robinson said today.

“Manitoba’s wind tourism is our best-kept secret. Visitors are arriving by the busload to check out the giant wind turbines on the rolling prairie,” Chomiak said. The wind towers soar 80 metres into the air and boast blades longer than the wingspan of a 747 aircraft.

The 63 St. Leon wind turbines together generate 99 megawatts of electricity, enough power to serve approximately 35,000 homes or the total energy needs of Portage La Prairie and Morden combined.

“The steady stream of visitors to St. Leon demonstrates that people have taken a genuine interest in the generation of clean, renewable wind power,” Robinson said. “This is a real boost to tourism in Manitoba.”

Chomiak and Manitoba Hydro recently announced details of an invitation for expressions of interest in harvesting 1,000 megawatts of wind over the next decade.

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