Wind energy installations in Canada to top 1,300 MW in 2011

Canada is expected to install 1,338 MW of new wind in 2011, compared to 690 MW installed in 2010, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The installations for 2011 are expected to bring C$3.5 billion ($3.4 billion) in investments for the year.

Ontario is projected to lead all provinces in new installed wind with 500 MW of capacity by the end of the year. Seven other provinces, including British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, all have projects being commissioned by the end of 2011.

Canada is now expected to have more than 5,300 MW of total installed wind capacity by the end of 2011. More than 6,000 MW of wind energy projects are contracted to be built in the country over the next five years.

“Canada, and in particular Ontario, is emerging as a very competitive destination for wind energy investment globally,” said Robert Hornung, president of CanWEA. “Maintaining that position will require continued commitments to aggressive targets for wind energy development and a stable policy framework.”

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