PORT ELGIN, Ont.—The Canadian Auto Workers says Canada’s first union-owned wind turbine is now producing power in southwestern Ontario.
According to the union, the CAW owns and operates the turbine in Port Elgin, Ont., on the shores of Lake Huron west of Owen Sound, Ont.
“This is an important day as the start-up of this wind turbine marks an environmental milestone for our union,” CAW president Ken Lewenza said in a statement.
The start of the turbine comes after nine years of planning, preparation, construction and testing, according to the CAW.
“This green energy wind turbine will generate enough power to offset 350 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year and demonstrates the CAW’s commitment to promoting and developing alternate sources of renewable energy,” Lewenza said.
The wind turbine was built on the grounds of the union’s Family Education Centre in the community.
The CAW said the turbine will generate the equivalent of 50 to 60 per cent of the centre’s current energy needs.