New Canadian Wind Farm gets completed


Renewable Energy Systems Canada have completed their second Canadian wind energy project, The Greenwich Wind Energy Project, on the northern shore of Lake Superior in Ontario.

The completed wind farm will provide approximately 300,000 megawatt-hours of energy, which equates to the annual consumption of 33,000 households in the region. A project in a limited parthership that is jointly owned by Enbridge and RES Canada, and in which Enbridge has a majority interest, the wind farm consists of 43 Siemens SWT-2.3-101MW wind turbines totalling an overall capacity to generate 99 megawatts.

“The project has been well received by the community and, without their support and the positive efficiency of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, it would not have been as successful,” said Andrew Fowler, Chief Operating Officer of RES Canada. “While the Canadian Shield geology posed some construction challenges, RES Canada, Siemens, and the sub-contractors worked together to ensure we delivered a quality project on budget and ahead of schedule.”

“We are pleased that the Greenwich project created positive economic benefits and a significant number of jobs in the region during its construction,” said Peter Clibbon, Vice President of RES Canada. “Enbridge has been a reliable and strong partner and we look forward to working with them in the future.”

“We’re delighted to again partner with RES Canada through this project, which has been constructed safely, ahead of schedule, on budget, and with safety top of mind,” said Don Thompson, Enbridge’s Vice President, Green Energy. “Our investments in renewable energy align well with our objective to profitably grow our energy infrastructure business and to deliver superior returns to shareholders. With the Greenwich Wind Energy Project, we now have interests in eight wind energy projects – three of which are in Ontario, and three solar energy projects – all of which are in Ontario.”

The project will see Siemens providing operations and maintenance services for the wind turbines for the next five years, at least, and the energy generated will be delivered to the Ontario Power Authority.

According to RES, the total carbon dioxide savings of the project will amount to 106,000 tonnes per year.

Source: Renewable Energy Systems Canada
Image Source: Courtesy of RES Canada

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Great news!
Congratulations to everyone involved!

I hope this is just the first of many Solar-Wind projects that Canada installs; since Canada has the land mass to do solar of all types in a really big way!

Because of the huge RISK of nuclear reactors having a meltdown from acts of Nature, Solar-Wind will allow Canada to even become an Energy exporter if that is what the people want, without depending upon nuclear!

Producing really safe wind power is only something that Japan can only dream about now that they are having to deal with a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster, that is scheduled to take 40 to 100 years to "fix", if they are lucky!
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