DuPont Mulling Canadian Wind Farm
DuPont Canada is installing a meteorological tower at its facility in Kingston, Ontario, for the evaluation of wind turbines at the site, which is operated by Invista, DuPont's fibers business.
The tower will be built by Canada's Vector Wind Energy. It will be about 150 feet tall and will gather data for 18 months as part of a feasibility study on a four-turbine wind farm that would generate 4 to 5% of the electricity needs of the Kingston facility--or enough power for 500 homes.
Invista would purchase the majority of the power, sending about 20% of the output to the local community around Kingston. DuPont says the output would help toward its goal of generating 10% of its total energy needs from renewable resources by 2010.
The project will eventually be inherited by Koch Industries, which earlier this month agreed to purchase Invista from DuPont for $4.4 billion. That deal is expected to be completed early next year, and a DuPont Canada spokesman concedes that Koch's plans for the wind project remain up in the air. However, "until the deal is signed, it is business as usual," he says.
Brian Barr, president of Vector Wind Energy, says DuPont's plans are a huge step. "With 99% of Canada's wind resources laying undeveloped and with companies like DuPont leading the way, we believe there is tremendous opportunity in this sector."