“Green” Eggs and Wine Turbines


SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. — Making the jump to natural energy has saved the owners of Kool Breeze Farms some money — and garnered national attention.

The Summerside, P.E.I.-based egg farm and greenhouse operation, owned by brothers Ian and Douglas Simmons, recently made the cover of the Egg Farmers of Canada catalogue for its use of wind turbines. “It’s the cleanest energy you can produce,” Ian told Egg Farmers. “We have a lot of wind in P.E.I., and we should use our natural resources to the best of our ability.”

The Simmons’ have used windmill power for the past two years. According to the Egg Farmers catalogue, the brothers only require about 700 kilowatts of purchased hydro from mid-December to mid-January, saving them about $25 per day. The turbine cost $200,000, which the brothers expect will pay for itself in approximately five years.

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