Suzlon Group subsidiary, REpower Systems SE, has concluded a contract with wpd europe GmbH, a subsidiary of project developer wpd AG, for the delivery of a total of 51 wind turbines. As part of this, a service and maintenance agreement (ISP) for a total of 15 years for the new projects was also concluded.
The REpower MM92 turbines, each with a rated power of 2.05 megawatts (MW), are intended for a total of six projects, Whittington, Springwood, White Pines, Napier, Sumac Ridge and Fairview, to be constructed and commissioned in 2014.
In order to serve its growing business presence in Canada and to meet the 50 per cent domestic content requirement of the Green Energy Act, REpower also announced to setup a new rotor blade manufacturing facility in Southern Ontario.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of REpower Systems SE, said: “The 105-MW contract again shows that the cold climate version of our MM92 is very well suited to the conditions on the Canadian wind market. With our announcement of rotor blade production in Ontario, we are expanding our presence in Canada – a wind market with great potential – even further.
”Helmut Herold, Managing Director of REpower Systems Inc., REpower’s Canadian subsidiary, added: “We are pleased that with our commitment in Ontario we are able to make an important contribution to local value creation. The project management and setup of a rotor blade factory involves the creation of several hundred medium to longterm jobs.
”Member of the Board of Directors of wpd Dr. Hartmut Brösamle, said: „Ontario is an important market to us. We have been active there since 2007 and an experienced team of ours will bring the first projects of more than 100 MW to the construction phase next year.”
Ian McRae, Managing Director of wpd Canada Corp., added: “Through the contract with REpower we are certain to have our wind farm equipped with reliable wind turbines and a sophisticated service concept. The local economy not only profits from clean and affordable energy but is also provided with new infrastructure in conjunction with the installation of the wind farms.”
Robert Hornung, President of the Canadian Wind Energy Association CanWEA, said: “This announcement provides further evidence of the wind energy industry’s ability to drive hundreds of millions of dollars in new investments across the manufacturing and supply chain sectors in Ontario. Besides playing a growing role in delivering clean and affordable energy to Ontario families, wind energy is creating very good jobs for our highly skilled workers and trades people. Following a near record year for new wind energy installations in Canada in 2012, Ontario is well positioned to attract even more clean energy investments going forward.”