Construction is under way on a major freezer expansion in Souris, Prince Edward Island.

The $2.5 million project will increase capacity at the Souris Food Park to more than 4,500 metric tons. When complete in August, the new freezer space will allow fishermen and blueberry growers across the island to store an additional 2,000 metric tons of product per year. More than 300 fishermen store bait in the Souris freezers instead of taking their product to the mainland.

The interesting aspect of the expansion is that the Souris Harbour Authority is using wind power to produce power for the freezers. The authority’s 250 kW on-site wind turbine averages about 60,000 kW per month.