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The board of governors of Cape Breton University (CBU) in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has unanimously voted to form a partnership with Cape Breton Explorations Distributed Energy Systems Inc. for the development of the first wind turbine to be located on a university campus in Canada.

"Initiatives such as this first full-size wind turbine on campus and our will to embrace research, academic and industry needs in sustainable environments and secure energy clearly speak to the environmental, economic and social impact for the university and local community," says CBU President John Harker.

The 800 kW turbine will be constructed on the rear of the CBU property, with 100% of the energy going directly to the university and replacing upwards of 30% of the institution's total power consumption from Nova Scotia Power, at a fixed cost for the duration of a 15-year agreement.

At present, the turbine has been ordered and is scheduled for delivery and installation in the third quarter of 2009. Cape Breton Explorations will take responsibility for installation of the turbine as well as reconfiguring CUB's existing electrical systems to bundle several electrical meters on the campus.

SOURCE: Cape Breton University

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