"Kruger Energy is very proud of this latest achievement and, more importantly, of helping to increase green energy sources for the benefit of all Ontarians," said Jean Roy, Vice President and General Manager of Kruger Energy. "We are also very pleased to have created jobs and a positive economic impact for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, which was so welcoming from the outset," he added.
This is the second wind farm built by Kruger Energy in this municipality located on the shores of Lake Erie. Just like the Kruger Energy Port Alma (KEPA) Project, completed in 2008, the Kruger Energy Chatham Project consists of 44 wind turbines that will generate enough electricity to power some 30,000 households in Ontario.
The KEPA and KEC Wind Farms have a combined annual output of approximately 600 gigawatt hours (GWh), which is sold to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) under 20-year supply contracts.
Kruger Energy is a business unit of Kruger Inc. that specializes in the development and management of green and renewable energy power plants. Kruger and Kruger Energy own and operate over 30 production sites, ranging from hydroelectric and wind power plants to biomass cogeneration and biogas plants, and whose total installed capacity is approximately 425 MW.
Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue, lumber and other wood products, corrugated cartons from recycled fibres, green and renewable energy and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger operates facilities in Quebec, Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the United States.