Alstom will supply 138 of its ECO 110 turbines to the Wild Rose wind farms, which when completed at the end of 2014 and 2015 respectively, will be the largest combined wind farm in Canada.
Each of the 3 MW turbines has a rotor diameter of 110 metres and Alstom will assemble the nacelles in its factories in Texas and Spain.
Andy Geissbuehler, head of Alstom’s North American wind business, said the “landmark” deal “will enable us to provide an efficient and reliable technology solution that takes full advantage of the strong wind profile of these sites”.
Wild Rose 1 and 2 will be located on private agricultural land in Cypress County, southeast of the city of Medicine Hat. Alberta currently has 1117 MW of installed wind capacity, representing around eight per cent of the province’s total installed generation. It is believed that a further 2000 MW of wind power could be developed in southern Alberta over the next 10 years.