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September 22, 2010

Grouse Mountain Resort’s Eye of the Wind begins producing power

Grouse Mountain Resort has successfully energized The Eye of the Wind, enabling the 1.5-megawatt wind turbine to begin producing power.

The resort estimates the turbine will provide enough power for 400 homes a year, and generate up to 25 per cent of Grouse’s annual operational electricity needs.

The turbine project was officially launched in February.

Specialized equipment to complete the electricity generation connection process was installed in late August, enabling the turbine to be connected to the BC Hydro grid.

During the final phase, and while the turbine produces power, BC Hydro and Grouse Mountain Resort will continue to monitor the energy output to gain operating information and experience, BC Hydro said in a news release.

The Eye of the Wind is equipped with a panoramic pod that is accessible by elevator, providing visitors with a close-up view of wind energy at work as well as a 360-degree view of the Lower Mainland.

Weighing more than 250 tonnes and spanning 65 metres in height from the base to very top of the tower, the turbine consists of the pod, three tower sections, a hub, generator, nacelle, and three 37.4-metre blades.

The concrete foundation is installed on bedrock and has 15-metre-deep anchors.

The various elements of project were sourced from nine countries, spanning four continents.

The turbine was built in collaboration between Grouse Mountain and Italy’s Leitwind Technology.

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