The Eye of the Wind
The launch of Vancouver's first commercially viable wind turbine provides an enduring symbol of Grouse Mountain's commitment to sustainability and is the most spectacular LEITWIND project so far. The various elements of The Eye of the Wind were sourced from ten countries spanning four continents, with the structural assembly completed in fall of 2009. Lifting over 290 tons of components represented a monumental feat to erect the three tower sections, hub, generator, nacelle, viewPOD and three blades. The Eye of the Wind is the only one of its kind in the world equipped with an elevator accessing a panoramic viewPOD, providing an close-up view of wind energy at work.
It was an outstanding team effort starting from design to manufacturing through installation that made this dream come true - a unique mega watt class turbine on top of Grouse Mountain. The structure also has the distinction of being the first commercial wind turbine in the Lower Mainland, and forever changes the face of alternative energy in British Columbia. The revolutionary wind turbine is completely privately funded without any subsidy, and is capable of producing 1.5 megawatts of energy. The Eye of the Wind is expected to off-set up to 25 per cent of Grouse Mountain's entire operational electricity needs annually. The result is an engineering marvel that will change the way visitors think about sustainability. Vancouver now has a new icon. A beacon that will show the way into the future.