Location: Swift Current, SK
Fuel source: Wind
Net capacity: 150 MW
- Located approximately 25 kilometres southeast of Swift Current.
- Built on 7,500 acres (30-square kilometres) of land, this is Canada’s second largest operating wind facility
- Can produce enough electricity to serve approximately 69, 000 homes.
- Each of the 83 Vestas V80 wind turbines generate up to 1.8 MW of power.
- Each wind turbine rotor is 80 metres in diameter and weighs 35 tonnes.
- Each turbine blade is 39 metres long.
- When generating power, blades rotate at a speed of 17 revolutions per minute and the tips of the blades spin at 256 km/h.
- At their highest point, each blade reaches 107 metres—approximately 30 storeys above the ground.
- The turbines operate between wind speeds of 15 km/h and 90 km/h. They reach full power at wind speeds of 50 km/h.
- Each turbine tower is 67 metres tall and weighs 117 tonnes.
- Supply and installation of wind turbines completed by Vestas-Canadian Wind Technology, Inc.
- All towers were manufactured by Hitachi Canadian Industries Ltd. In Saskatoon.
- 2, 500 truckloads of concrete were used in the pouring of the tower foundations.
- The Government of Canada provided approximately $54 million in funding over 10 years through the Wind Power Production Incentive (WPPI) program.
Our designated point of interest is the best place to see the Centennial Wind Power Facility in operation. It’s located on grid road #628 near the northern tip of the facility. For your own safety, and out of respect for local landowners, please do not trespass on private property where the wind turbines are located.
To learn more about this project, download a brochure about the Centennial 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.