July 26, 2004

Shand Greenhouse supports environmental conservation project

SaskPower's Shand Greenhouse is donating $25,000 to HELP International to support a carbon sequestration and phytoremediation project being carried out by the non-profit group in Saskatchewan communities. Shand Greenhouse is also contributing 65,000 tree seedlings to the project.

HELP International's project involves the planting of high water-consuming tree species around landfills and sewage lagoons to decontaminate adjacent soil and water before the water reaches rivers and/or underground aquifers. In addition to fulfilling a purification function, each tree planted as part of the project will, once mature, absorb approximately 4.5 kg of carbon dioxide each year. This will help offset greenhouse gas emissions from SaskPower's coal-fired generating facilities.

Communities participating in this project include Weyburn, Arcola, Stoughton and Radville. HELP International, a registered charity, works with governments, other charities, local community groups and businesses to develop environmental projects.

SaskPower has supported a number of other HELP International projects, such as the Souris River and farm protection program, in which 265,000 trees (40% of them from Shand Greenhouse) were planted along the Souris River and Long Creek watersheds to enhance water quality, control soil erosion and protect natural habitat.

In other activities, SaskPower reports that the addition of seven more wind turbines at its Cypress wind power facility is now complete. The $10.2-million expansion was finished on time and on budget and is now providing five more megawatts (MW) of EcoLogo-certified green power.

SaskPower also purchases 11 MW of wind power from the SunBridge wind power project; combined with the 16-turbine Cypress facility, the province now produces 22MW of electricity from wind, enough to meet the requirements of about 9,000 households. SaskPower makes its green power available to all customers, from large industrial uses to small businesses and residential consumers.

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