I'll admit that we are ignorant of the efficiency of wind turbines and of wind power in general, but just knowing that science has moved us to a point where we can harness renewable resources, like wind, is reassuring. Undoubtedly there is still a long ways to go before our planet will be able to fully run on sustainable resources, if such a thing could ever be, but we are glad to see what we think to be steps in the right direction.
- When SaskPower initiated this wind power facility it was to be the largest site in all of Canada.
- 83 wind turbines produce 150 megawatts (MW) of power or enough electricity to supply 64,000 homes.
- Each of these wind turbines generates up to 1.8 MW of power.
- At their highest point, each blade reaches 107 metres... that's about 30 stories above the ground.
- Each generator's housing (nacelle) is the size of a city bus and weighs 70 tonnes.
- Each turbine tower is 67 metres tall, and weighs 117 tonnes.
- When generating power, blades spins at a speed on 17 revolutions per minute, causing the tips to spin at up to 256 km/hr.
- Wind turbines operate within wind speeds of 15-90km/hr. They reach their full potential at wind speeds of 50 km/hr.
- 2,500 truckloads of concrete were used in pouring the foundations for these towers.