In North America, consumers in both the United States and Canada have access to green energy via the purchase of renewable energy credits (RECs). Canada has become a leader in purchasing RECs in recent years. This high level of RECs Canada has achieved comes from companies like Bullfrog Power leading the way.
Now you have options in Canada: although we are new to the Canada RECs market, we bring the same knowledge, leadership, and preferred pricing to Canada that has made us a top provider to EPA Green Power Partners in the United States.
Renewable Choice is dedicated to maintaining a diverse portfolio of the renewable energy credits Canada has employed with projects that include biomass and wind power electricity generation. Every project we support meets stringent environmental standards and does not benefit from regulatory support. Renewable Choice currently supports five different REC projects in Canada, including:
Cowley Ridge Wind Plant, Alberta Canada
The Cowley Ridge Wind Plant was the first commercial wind farm built in Canada. Located along a 2.5-kilometer-long ridge near Pincher Creek, it was constructed in two phases, with an additional expansion bringing total capacity to 21.4 megawatts (MW). It is the largest wind farm in western Canada, with 57 Kennetech turbines producing more than 60 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The turbines are capable of operating at wind speeds of up to 97 kilometers an hour. The Cowley Ridge Wind Plant is a significant contributor to RECs. Canada has weather in this area that can produce wind speeds up to 13m/s which provides ample opportunity to harness and convert wind energy.
Cowley North Wind Plant, Alberta Canada
Cowley North was built directly north of the Cowley Ridge Wind Plant and became operational in September 2001. It consists of 15 Nordex N60 turbines, each one of which can generate up to 1.3 MW of electricity. In about 35 minutes of operation, this is enough to power a typical Canadian home with green energy for a month.
East Point Wind, Prince Edward Island Canada
The East Point Wind farm is located on the northeastern tip of Prince Edward Island. It is comprised of 10 Vestas V-90 wind turbines, which generate enough green energy to power 12,000 homes with electricity.
Prince George Pulp Mill and Intercontinental Pulp, British Columbia Canada
Biomass incorporates various fuel sources originating from timber and different agriculture processing wastes or fuel crops that are specifically grown for electricity generation. Given the aptitude of trees and other plants to grow back and regenerate, these fuels are considered renewable. Unlike wind and most solar technologies, biomass technologies use combustion processes which can generate green energy at any time. The generators at these pulp mills in British Columbia use wood waste to produce electricity and heat that is used in the mill operations as well as producing Canadian RECs.