Location: Gull Lake, SK
Fuel source: Wind
Net capacity: 11 MW
- First wind generating facility built by SaskPower.
- Phase I—nine wind turbines generating six MW were commissioned in 2002.
- Phase II—seven wind turbines generating five MW were commissioned in 2003.
- Each of the 16 Vestas V47 wind turbines generates up to 660 kilowatts of power.
- Facility generates 11 MW of renewable energy.
- Each wind turbine rotor is 47 metres long.
- When generating power, blades rotate at a speed of 28.5 revolutions per minute.
- The turbines operate between wind speeds of 15 km/h and 90 km/h.
- The towers are 50 metres high—equivalent to the height of a 12-story building.
- All towers were manufactured by Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd. In Saskatoon.
- The location for the Cypress Wind Power Facility was chosen based on wind characteristics of the area, as well as proximity to the electrical grid, road access and land availability.
- The Government of Canada provided approximately $2.6 million in funding over 10 years for Cypress I and $1.47 million in funding over 10 years for Cypress II through the Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program.
The Cypress Wind Power Facility is located approximately 12 kilometres southwest of Gull Lake.
To learn more about this project, download a brochure about the Cypress Wind Power Facility.
The clean electricity created is then sent to a transmission line connected to the provincial grid, supplying electricity to homes and businesses.
Among other factors to consider, wind turbines are erected in areas of consistent wind and with consideration of existing transmission lines to transport the electricity to where it is needed.
Turbines usually operate with wind speeds between 15 and 90 kilometres per hour. They cease operating when temperatures fall below -30°C.