NextEra Energy Canada, ULC, today announced that its affiliate Conestogo Wind, LP, has completed construction and brought into service its 22.9 megawatt (MW) Conestogo Wind Energy Centre.
The project, located in Wellington County, Ontario, is comprised of 10 Siemens wind turbines and is capable of generating enough power for approximately 5,700 homes in an average year. All of the power from the project is being sold to the Ontario Power Authority under the Feed-In-Tariff program. Conestogo Wind, LP, an indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy Canada, owns and operates the project.
“We are pleased to have completed our first wind project in Ontario,” said Mike O’Sullivan, NextEra Energy Resources senior vice president of development. “In addition to generating clean, emission-free energy, this project will have a positive impact on the local economy through the jobs created, taxes paid, lease payments to landowners, and goods and services sourced throughout the region.”
The Conestogo Wind Energy Centre is the first of eight wind projects NextEra Energy Canada plans to bring into service by the end of 2015 in Ontario. Combined, NextEra Energy Canada’s eight Ontario wind projects represent a capital investment in the province of approximately $1.5 billion.
In addition to the Conestogo Wind Energy Centre, affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada own and operate the 20-MW Moore Solar Project and the 20-MW Sombra Solar Project both located in Lambton County, Ontario.
Outside of Ontario, affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada own and operate the 81.6-MW Ghost Pine Wind Energy Centre in Alberta; the 30.6-MW Pubnico Point Wind Energy Centre in Nova Scotia; and the 54-MW Mount Miller and 54-MW Mount Copper Wind Energy Centres in Quebec.
NextEra Energy Canada, ULC is a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of NextEra Energy, Inc., (NYSE: NEE), a leading clean energy company with revenues of more than $15.3 billion, more than 41,000 megawatts of generating capacity, and approximately 15,000 employees in 24 U.S. states and Canada (through its Canadian subsidiaries) as of year-end 2011. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves approximately 4.6 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which together with its affiliated entities is the largest generator in the United States of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com, www.NextEraEnergyCanada.com.