Harrow Wind Power Project reaches commercial operation in Ontario

The four wind farm projects, developed under Ontario’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, each have an installed capacity of 10 megawatts (MW) for a total of 40 MW and will generate power equivalent to the amount of energy needed to serve nearly 12,000 Ontario homes annually.

IPC President Mike Crawley commented that these projects are among the first to be built in Essex County. "We are pleased that Harrow is now on-line. The Standard Offer program was a ground-breaking initiative for the province and has allowed smaller projects such as these to be developed to support Ontario’s evolving energy system."

Construction of the C$110 million wind turbines project began in October 2009. AMEC Black & MacDonald served as the general contractors on the project. The construction team was primarily made up of local labourers, electricians and iron workers. "At times we had over 120 people working on site. This was good news for local union halls and service suppliers in the Windsor-Essex region," says Paul Robinson, construction manager with Black & MacDonald.

The project, located on private lands near the community of Harrow, in the Town of Essex, comprises twenty-four Vestas V82 1.65 MW wind turbines. "Many of these turbines are hosted by landowners who were approached over six years ago. These people embraced Ontario’s energy revolution very early on and acted as pioneers in making this a reality," says Tim Sullivan, project manager on the project. "We are happy that our dream and their vision has now become a reality."

IPC celebrated the commissioning at a ceremony this morning at 11:00 am with invited guests including local landowners, local government officials and representatives from the various companies that help make the project a reality.

International Power Canada (formerly AIM PowerGen Corporation) is a wind power developer, owner and operator based in Toronto, Ontario.

International Power Canada is a subsidiary of International Power PLC, a leading independent electricity generating company with 32,398 MW gross (20,711MW net) in operation and 4,527 MW gross (1,412 MW net) under construction. International Power is listed on the London Stock Exchange with ticker symbol IPR.