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Wind-power company plans B.C. project - Aims to supply U.S., domestic consumers

VANCOUVER -- In what will mark a first for British Columbia, privately owned Quantum Wind Power Corp. is planning to build a $250-million wind turbine factory in Squamish that will supply renewable energy to customers in both Canada and the United States.

"This has been in the works for a couple of years," said Richard West, chief executive officer of Kelowna, B.C.-based Quantum, which is affiliated with wind turbine technology developer WestTech Energy Inc.

Mr. West said Squamish is an ideal location for a wind turbine factory because it has a deep water port and is located beside railway yards and warehousing infrastructure no longer used by the former BC Rail.

The plant, to be built on a site of about five hectares, is expected to provide jobs for about 300 in a community rapidly undergoing a transformation following the decision to close local pulp and sawmill plants.

Its initial customers are expected to include the Squamish First Nation, a Saskatchewan hog farm and a proposed wind farm that is planned for Vancouver Island.

"The potential exists for Squamish to become a world-class development area, even though B.C. has been slower to embrace the concept of wind power than other provinces like Manitoba and Quebec," said Eugene Hodgson, vice-president of government relations with Vancouver's Sea Breeze Power Corp.

He said leading wind energy firms such as Vestas Wind Systems AS of Denmark have already looked at... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

"This has been in the works for a couple of years," said Richard West, chief executive officer of Kelowna, B.C.-based Quantum, which is affiliated with wind turbine technology developer WestTech Energy Inc.
 
Mr. West said Squamish is an ideal location for a wind turbine factory because it has a deep water port and is located beside railway yards and warehousing infrastructure no longer used by the former BC Rail.
 
The plant, to be built on a site of about five hectares, is expected to provide jobs for about 300 in a community rapidly undergoing a transformation following the decision to close local pulp and sawmill plants.
 
 Its initial customers are expected to include the Squamish First Nation, a Saskatchewan hog farm and a proposed wind farm that is planned for Vancouver Island.
 
"The potential exists for Squamish to become a world-class development area, even though B.C. has been slower to embrace the concept of wind power than other provinces like Manitoba and Quebec," said Eugene Hodgson, vice-president of government relations with Vancouver's Sea Breeze Power Corp.
 
He said leading wind energy firms such as Vestas Wind Systems AS of Denmark have already looked at B.C. as a possible site for production, but decided against it because the local market wasn't big enough.
 
However, that may soon change if Sea Breeze proceeds with a 450-megawatt wind farm project on the northern tip of Vancouver Island, about 35 kilometres west of Port Hardy. The municipality of Whistler is also toying with the concept of wind power for its ski operations.


Source: http://www.theglobeandmail....

DEC 30 2005
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