May 8, 2002 — Ontario’s first commercial wind farm is one step closer to reality today after Huron Wind signed a contract with Vestas to build, install and commission its wind turbines on the shores of Lake Huron near Tiverton, Ontario.
Vestas, a manufacturer of wind turbines and related equipment, will soon begin construction of a wind farm that will consist of five wind turbines. Each turbine has a maximum capacity of 1.8 MW of electricity and the wind farm will produce enough energy to meet the average annual electricity needs of about 3,000 Ontario homes.
“We are delighted to participate in the development of the Huron Wind project. With five Kincardine area residents working for us at our office, located within eyesight of the property, this is certainly a special project,” said Philipp Andres, Sales Director, Vestas Canadian Wind Technology Inc. “We installed 1,200 wind turbines in North America last year and it is especially pleasing to have a project so close to home.”
The next phase of the 9 MW project will involve finalizing the design and building the equipment in preparation for the start of site work in September. The site work will consist of building foundations and running electrical cables underground. All wind turbine units are scheduled to be operational by the end of 2002.
“I am pleased to see this project move into its next phase,” said Duncan Hawthorne, British Energy’s Executive Director of North American Operations. “The complementary nature of nuclear power and wind energy in terms of their emission-free technology makes this an ideal venture for us. The competitive market will create many opportunities, including a greater interest in renewable capacity. British Energy is pleased to be at the forefront of this new technology.”
Huron Wind is a 50:50 Limited Partnership between Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and British Energy (Canada) Ltd. Under this agreement, the two partners will jointly develop the wind farm and will share its output. The wind farm will be located on land adjacent to the Bruce Power Visitors’ Centre.
“This project is an early benefit of the opening of Ontario’s market to competition,” said Ron Osborne, OPG President and Chief Executive Officer. “OPG is committed to supplying what we think will be a growing market for green power. Our share of the output from Huron Wind provides that much more product to offer to customers. We are growing our power portfolio from renewable sources just as quickly as we can and hope that two per cent of our production will be from such sources as small hydro, wind, solar and biomass by 2005.”
Ontario Power Generation is an Ontario-based company, whose principal business is the generation and sale of electricity to customers in Ontario and to interconnected markets. OPG’s goal is to be a premier North American energy company, while operating in a safe, open and environmentally responsible manner. Our focus is on producing reliable electricity from our competitive generation assets, power trading and commercial energy sales.