The Wintering Hills project in Alberta is part of a new “crop” of wind farms being built across Canada. At peak operation, the wind farm is expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 35,000 Canadian homes. The 88-MW project is located near Drumheller, approximately 125 km (78 miles) northeast of Calgary.
Suncor Energy, joint owner with Teck Resources, has ordered 55, 1.6-MW turbines from GE, which will be delivered in the second quarter of 2011. The turbine makes use of a range of product features—including 82.5-m blades—to maximize power output while providing control flexibility and increased reliability with decreased maintenance requirements. The technology builds on GE’s 1.5-MW turbine.
“Alberta is rich in many resources that can be used to produce electricity, including wind energy,” said Keith Triginer, GE Energy’s newly appointed country executive for Canada. “We are working hand-in-hand with Suncor and others to make wind and other alternative energy sources a larger, more integral part of the Province’s overall energy supply.”
Construction on the project began in July 2010 and is expected to be complete by the end of 2011.
Suncor Energy www.suncor.com
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