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Key Smart Energy Companies

Sault Ste. Marie is the Alternative Energy Capital of North America. The moniker is based on the wide-range of energy projects operating or underway in the community. They include:

Wind Energy
Sault Ste. Marie is home to the Prince Wind Farm, one of the largest wind energy farms in Canada. The site's 126 turbines can produce 189 megawatts of renewable energy, enough to power about 60,000 homes or roughly two cities the size of Sault Ste. Marie. Another major wind energy development, the Bow Lake Wind Farm, is currently under construction just north of the city.

Hydroelectric
There are five hydroelectric stations in the Sault Ste. Marie area that generate a total of 203 megawatts of renewable energy. The nearby Wawa area generates an additional 196 megawatts.

Cogeneration
Algoma, one of the Sault's largest employers, began a cogeneration power project that utilizes excess gas from the steelmaking process. The $135-million initiative produces 70 megawatts of electricity and reduces the company's reliance on the power grid by an average of 50%.

Solar Energy
Sault Ste. Marie is home to a 60-megawatt solar farms project, which is one of the largest in North America. The sites generate enough electricity to power about 24,000 homes. The city is also home to Heliene's photovoltaic solar panel manufacturing facility.