Boy am I glad to get my Google Friend Connect working again. Still don’t know what was wrong with it but after days of fiddling I deleted the whole sidebar and rebuilt it and it works….go figure. Now on to today’s post.
Prince Edward Island is known to be windy. Therefore it is good to always have a sweater or windbreaker. Even on the warmest summer days, you can usually find a cool breeze on the coast and you may need to cover up come sundown. So it is not surprising that PEI is also known for windmills or to be more precise, wind turbines.
The first experimental wind farm was in North Cape. I remember seeing several different types of windmills there like the helix shown here. There was also one that looked like a small plane on top of a tower. It is unfortunate that they have dismantled them. North Cape could have become a windmill museum. It can now produce, 10.5 megawatts of electricity on a regular basis since most days have sufficient wind.
North Cape has V-47 turbines. this means they are 47 metres tall. There are much bigger turbines, V-90 near East Point. The East Point Wind Plant can produce 30 Megawatts of electricity and those 90-metre towers are impressive. If you visit the Elmira train station at the Eastern end of the Confederation trail, it is just a short jaunt North to the wind farm – well worth the trip if you have never seen the really big wind turbines.
Wind Energy is a big thing on PEI since there are no mountains or rivers from which to generate hydroelectric power. You will see small private windmills here and there, usually on a farm. The private windmill operator can get a rebate for some of the electricity he is able to return to the grid – when power generation exceeds his demand. However, you get less for outgoing than you do for incoming and that is a sore spot with many Islanders. However, you have to accept that part of your power cost is maintaining the wires and poles that run down the highway; it is not just the cost of generating the electricity itself.
Come back tomorrow for an update on Geocaching.