The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is reporting that approximately 1,338 MW of new installed wind energy capacity is projected to come online this year, compared to 690 MW installed in 2010.
These new installations represent almost C$3.5 billion in investment and have created more than 13,500 person years of employment in addition to providing emissions-free electricity for families and businesses.
Also, more than 500 MW of wind power is expected to be installed in Ontario by the end of this year. New wind farms are being commissioned in seven other Canadian provinces in 2011, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, according to CanWEA.
‘Canada, and in particular Ontario, is emerging as a very competitive destination for wind energy investment globally,’ says Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. ‘Maintaining that position will require continued commitments to aggressive targets for wind energy development and a stable policy framework.’