Today I got to check out one of PEI’s wind farms. The one I checked out is located in East Point, approximately 70 minutes from Charlottetown, right by Elmira (if that tells you anything). If you want to get there, just follow the 2 East right out of Charlottetown. Since we don’t have a car, my dad occasionally rents one to run some errands and/or go to Moncton. Today, he made it so I could drive it (why I went in the first place). It sounds a bit lame, but driving is a huge treat for me. It also makes me feel a bit guilty for driving for drivings sake, but that’s another story.
Once I got to the Eastern edge of the island, I got my first sight of these monstrous windmills. It was fairly rainy, so I got a glimpse of them through the fog. It was a surreal sight. They remind me of a cross between something Apple would release and one of Half-Life 2’s Striders. I drove around their little area to see if there was a way to get a closer look, but to no avail. I just ended up taking a few shots of the windmills from afar and checking out the beautiful PEI shoreline.
I think it’s so cool that PEI has the foresight and initiative to invest in renewable energy, but not everyone is pleased by this marvel of technology and ecology. It’s also interesting to note that as of 2005, PEI had a goal of getting 15% of its energy from renewable sources by 2010.
If you’re interested in learning more about the V90 turbines used in East Point, I found their technical manual online. It’s pretty intense stuff.
If you’re on “The Island”, I’d defenitely recommend you check it out. They’re just 85km from Charlottetown and the scenery on the way is beautiful (there’s a nice cafe at a place called Naufrage with a spectacular view and a nice little beach). You could also check out the other wind farm at North Cape (it was even mentionned on Treehugger!), but that’s about 2 hours from Charlottetown.