Construction Starts On Grouse Mountain Wind Turbine
Construction on a 65-metre (213 feet) tall wind turbine is set to start on Wednesday, according to the newspaper Metro. The turbine was approved by the District of North Vancouver in October 2008 in a close vote which ended 4-3. The project was delayed in July due to safety concerns when lifting the large turbine blades to the mountain.
The wind turbine will be the first of its kind to contain an elevator within its base cylinder. It will feature a look-out area on the top, with room for 37 people. The wind turbine will generate 1.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to cover a quarter of the mountain's electricity usage.
The cost of the project has not been disclosed. The wind turbine is expected to be finished early next year, before the Olympics.
When it opens in early 2010 (ahead of the Winter Olympics), the turbine will offer panoramic views of the city and an up-close look at the spinning blades. The cost of admission will be announced closer to its opening.
Some Vancouverites have also express concerns about the visual impact of the large windmill, but staff at the ski hill say it will be appear smaller than a toothpick to viewers in Vancouver.