The wind turbines will be delivered in late 2010, with commissioning for the 49 MW wind farm project expected by the first half of 2011. The wind energy order also includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement.
The Pointe Aux Roches wind farm will be built under Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which offers stable prices under long-term contracts from renewable-energy sources such as wind power. The Green Energy and Green Economy Act that became law in May 2009 enabled the FIT program. The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for implementation.
International Power Canada, Inc., and Vestas first worked together in 2006 on a project built using Ontario’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, which now consists of 24 clean-energy producing V82-1.65 MW wind turbines.
International Power Canada, Inc. also is nearing completion on the Harrow wind farm consisting of 24 of the V82-1.65 MW wind turbines near Lake Erie in Ontario scheduled for commissioning in May this year.
Based in Markham, Ontario, International Power Canada, Inc., is a subsidiary of International Power plc, – a leading independent electricity generating company with 33,227 MW in operation on five continents and in 21 countries.
As of 31 December 2009, Vestas had supplied 953 wind turbines to Canada. Vestas is the world leader in providing high-tech wind power systems. Since 1979, Vestas has supplied more than 40,500 wind turbines globally.
Vestas has invested $1 billion in Colorado to establish its North American manufacturing base, which includes a tower factory, a nacelle-assembly factory and two blade factories. Vestas Americas is the business unit responsible for the sales and service in the United States and Canada. Vestas supplied its first wind turbine to North America in 1981 and since has installed more than 11,000 wind turbines.