Residents of Kensington, P.E.I. will soon have an energy-efficient wastewater treatment thanks to the purchase of a wind turbine.
The turbine, funded in part by the Canada-Prince Edward Island Gas Tax Agreement, will generate environmentally sustainable electricity for the Kensington wastewater treatment plant. The turbine, constructed in late spring 2009, was the first municipally-owned turbine to be erected in the province and, according to Kensington officials, they are the first community in Canada with a wind-powered wastewater utility.
Funding of $265,000 was provided by the Canada-Prince Edward Island Gas Tax Agreement for the purchase of the wind turbine. Total project costs amounted to $531,000, with the balance funded by the Town of Kensington.