Continuing 2016’s growth, Canada finished 2017 with 12,239 MW of wind energy capacity—enough to power over 3 million homes, or six per cent of our country’s electricity demand. The year saw completion of 10 projects that added 341 MW of new installed capacity, representing approximately $800 million of investment. Canada is home to the world’s ninth largest wind generating fleet.
Five of the year’s 10 new projects included significant ownership stakes from Aboriginal Peoples, municipal corporations or local owners.
There are 295 wind farms operating from coast to coast, including projects in two of the three northern territories.
The Canadian wind industry’s performance in 2017 continued a trend of strong and stable growth. With Canada’s unparalleled wind resource, there are still opportunities to do more to maximize the economic, industrial development, and environmental benefits associated with wind energy development.
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