Advancing Technology and Sustainable Energy in Western PEI

News release

Wind Energy Institute of Canada furthering research into wind and solar integration

August 2, 2019 – Norway, PE – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Supporting advancements in clean technology helps businesses and community organizations in rural and urban areas across the Atlantic region reduce building operating costs, sustain highly skilled jobs, and diversify the economy. Investments to advance clean technology are also good for the environment and long term economic growth.

In North Cape, PEI, the Wind Energy Institute of Canada (WEICan), a national leader in wind energy research for over 35 years, is working to improve the integration of wind and solar energy and increase storage capacity thanks to support from the Government of Canada.

Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), today joined representatives from WEICan to announce a $660,000 federal government investment for the next stages of the Institute’s renewable energy integration and storage project.

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, middle-class jobs in our country. It is helping Atlantic Canadians develop and bring to market new products and services that lead to market success, help grow strategic sectors, or lead to the creation of research and commercialization partnerships. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada has made clean technology a priority. Taking action on climate change and reducing carbon pollution go hand-in-hand with building a strong and sustainable Atlantic economy. Across the country and in Atlantic Canada, we are supporting innovative research into renewable energy solutions. The Wind Energy Institute of Canada is a great example of the organizations playing a key role in this innovative research sector.”

  • The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“The Wind Energy Institute of Canada has built an internationally respected reputation as a leader in the development of wind energy. I applaud WEICan for this achievement and for its leadership and  vision in clean energy for the future. I’m pleased that the Government of Canada is investing in WEICan so it can further its research in renewable energy integration and storage.”

  • Bobby Morrissey, Member of Parliament for Egmont

“The Wind Energy Institute of Canada is very excited about this project and what it will do to expand our research infrastructure. The opportunity to include solar generation and battery energy storage will help us expand on our research activities and invite new collaborations across the country. We appreciate the support from the Government of Canada for this project and our research activities.”

  • Scott Harper, Executive Director, Wind Energy Institute of Canada

Quick facts

  • WEICan is a not-for-profit organization with a national research facility located in North Cape, PEI. Since its formation in 1981, it has been leading the development of wind energy across Canada through research, testing, innovation and collaboration.

  • WEICan will purchase a new battery storage system, and multiple solar panels electrically wired together to form a much larger photovoltaic installation. The installation will allow research into how the two renewable energy sources complement each other, and increase opportunities to use the storage component.

  • The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), is providing $600,000 (non-repayable) to help WEICan further this innovative research.

  • An additional investment of $60,000 (non-repayable), through ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation program (REGI), will support a feasibility study to identify renewable energy opportunities for local businesses, community facilities and not-for-profit organizations in the rural community of Tignish and surrounding areas.

Contacts

Jana Parker Smith
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-566-7569

Scott Harper
Executive Director
Wind Energy Institute of Canada
902-882-2746

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