“We are very proud to celebrate the growing contribution that wind energy is making around the world and right here in Canada. Wind energy projects are right now injecting hundreds of millions of dollars into communities and providing high quality jobs for college graduates across the country,” said Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). “We are pleased to announce the Power of Wind Blog Contest today because it gives Canadian Students a chance to join the conversation and share their views on renewable energy.”
To help celebrate the 5th annual Global Wind Day, CanWEA invites students entering university or other post secondary studies from across Canada to submit blogs up to 300 words in length on the subject of Building a Clean Energy Future as part of the second annual Power of Wind Blog Contest. Submissions will be accepted through September 15, 2013. Winners will be announced during CanWEA’s Annual Conference and Exhibition in Toronto (October 7 – 10, 2013).
Students are being asked to creatively write about how they are or can become part of a green energy future. Some useful facts to help bloggers get started include:
- Canada is home to some 3,768 wind turbines on 166 wind farms.
- The current installed capacity is 6,578.53 MW
- 3 percent of Canada’s electricity demand is currently met by wind (that’s enough to power close to 2 million Canadian homes!)
- Canada ranks 9th in the world when it comes to installed wind capacity.
The Power of Wind Blog Contest attracted hundreds of thoughtful and creative submissions about wind power in 2012. First prize is a $2,000 bursary for post-secondary studies. Runners-up will receive a $500 bursary (2nd Place) or $250 bursary (3rd Place).
Bloggers who are not students (and the general public) are invited to celebrate Global Wind Day by attending open house events at ENERCON’s manufacturing facilities in Beamsville, Ontario or Matane, Quebec. Admission is FREE and includes guided tours of the factories, refreshments and animation to help educate the public about wind energy and the job opportunities created by the growing growing renewable energy manufacturing industry.
Additional information, including Power of Wind Blog Contest rules and conditions, is available from the Friends of Wind website at www.friendsofwind.ca.