By Jeff Outhit, The Record
WATERLOO — Waterloo council is spending almost $90,000 to consider generating electricity by wind, even though the wind hardly blows enough. The proposed turbine would top a 20-metre pole beside the RIM Park recreation complex. A study that cost city hall $25,000 suggests it would be three times less efficient than the average Ontario wind turbine. This is because wind is “relatively low” in Waterloo, the study found. It’s considered too low and uneven to support a commercial wind farm.
“In the wintertime, we have a very high resource of wind,” project manager Prasad Samarakoon said. “In the summertime you don’t have much wind at all. To build a wind farm you need to have a continuous wind flow.” Read article