3 December 2009– Canada now has wind-generated electricity in every province with the recent opening of the 120 MW Bear Mountain Wind Park in British Colombia, propelling the country to meet a renewable energy standard ahead of schedule.
The ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program was established in January 2008 to support the deployment of 4,000 MW of renewable energy in the country by 2011. With the installation of Bear Mountain, Canada’s total wind capacity is now at 3,000 MW, meaning the program is expected to meet its target before the end of 2009 – almost 1.5 years ahead of schedule.
The government invested $230 million (US$217.9 million) into the program for the research, development and demonstration of clean-energy technologies focused on carbon dioxide sequestration and renewables.
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