A wind turbine at the landfill is one step closer to becoming a reality.
A city committee on Monday hired the University of Saskatchewan at a price of $150,000 to conduct a study to determine the ability of the landfill’s ground to support a turbine.
The site “presents unique challenges,” said Saskatoon Light and Power’s Kevin Hudson.
A 60-metre tall meteorological tower was installed at the landfill last week. It will monitor the wind at the site for one year and collect data to see if a turbine can be successful there.
Residents of Montgomery have expressed concern over the sound from a turbine and potential shadow flicker, where the intensity of the light changes due to the shadow cast by the wind turbine’s blades.
Hudson said a turbine, which could be constructed as soon as 2012, would be 700 metres away, which exceeds any standard in place in Canada.
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