"Wind energy Capital of Canada" Pincher Creek by Darby2

Pincher Creek Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 7 photos

The chinook winds that blow through the Crowsnest Pass are harnessed by hundreds of wind turbines. As the winds come over the mountains, the air is compressed and this results in very rapid temperature rises... an nice relief from the bone chilling cold that winter can bring here. Winds can reach more than 80 mph.

Most of the wind turbines are mounted on Cowley Ridge west of Pincher Creek with a few others scattered around the Crowsnest Pass, Cardston and as far east as Lethbridge. Another major installation sits atop the ridge just south of Magrath by the Jenson Reservoir

The Nordex N60 is equipped with stall regulation and produces a nominal output of 1.3 megawatts. With a rotor diameter of 60 meters (197 ft.), these turbines can be operated between wind speeds of 3 m/s and 25 m/s (6.7 to 56 mph, or 10.8 to 90 km/hr). At both Cowley North and the Sinnott Wind-plants we have installed the CCV turbine, a special version for cold climate. The nominal operating speed for this turbine is 15 m/s (33.5 mph or 54 km/hr). The N90 has an output of 2.5 megawatts

This turbine has the Nordex control automation software for the control and visualization of all relevant system data. A great deal of detailed information can be obtained from this system about how the turbine is operating from remote access.

The generator, gearing and many other components are attached in such a way that vibrations are either not transmitted or are muffled, which reduces noise emissions. Helical gearing of all gearwheels also reduces the noise level of the gearbox.

The nacelle is supported by a 43.1 meter (141.4 foot) tube tower which is made of steel. The nacelle with hub weighs 58.5 t., while each blade weighs 5 t., and the tower weighs 68 t. The blades are constructed from fibreglass with a lightening receptor in the blade tip. Hydraulic pressure holds the blade tips in position and when the machine stops it looses hydraulic pressure causing the blade tips to deploy by centrifugal force. Each blade is 29 meters (95 ft.) long.

This is a completed turbine tower, standing about 140 feet high. The blades are about 30 meters long and rotate at about 100 rpm in an average wind.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Very windy!
  • Cons:Very windy!
  • In a nutshell:Georgeous landscape!!!
  • Last visit to Pincher Creek: May 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Lady_Mystique's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2004 at 12:38 PM

    The only great thing about PC is that it's close to Waterton...and that I grew up there (until 5)...and they have a great sportswear store...and a cool artists' club...and cute 'Ma and Pa' restaurants and....OK.!! It's a cool little town all around!!!

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Mar 24, 2004 at 5:05 AM

    Are you sure Pincher Creek isn't really Palm Springs? Those windmills look awfully familiar.......

  • truus_s's Profile Photo
    Mar 21, 2004 at 6:34 AM

    OoOo so much Wind turbines ?Great photo!!


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