Global wind energy leader Gamesa Technology Corp. has secured a deal to supply three turbines for a six-megawatt wind farm in western Canada, with a five-year operation and maintenance services agreement. Gamesa announced the deal at the start of the Canadian Wind Energy’s 29th Annual Conference and Exhibition.
“Gamesa continues to seek new opportunities in the Canadian market, which offers solid growth potential over the long term,” said Gonzalo Onzain, VP of Sales for Gamesa, North America. “Gamesa turbines lower the cost of energy and help provide affordable wind energy for businesses and communities throughout North America.”
The Box Springs Wind Project will be erected on land owned by the city of Medicine Hat, located about 180 miles from Calgary in the southeastern corner of the province of Alberta, and will feature three Gamesa G90-2.0 MW turbines on 78-m towers.
The project is underpinned by a long-term power purchase agreement between Medicine Hat and the project’s developer, Box Springs Wind Corp., a subsidiary of WindRiver Power Corp. Under the power purchase agreement, Medicine Hat, which played a pivotal role in laying the groundwork for this innovative clean energy initiative, will receive all electricity generated by the project together with all carbon credits attributable to the project. The carbon credits may be used under Alberta legislation to offset emissions from city-owned natural gas-fired electricity generation.
The Box Springs Wind Project will produce about 3% of Medicine Hat’s electricity needs and avoid 10,400 tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent emissions annually. It also will benefit the city through land lease payments and taxes. Completion of the Box Springs Wind Project is targeted for mid-2014.
This is Gamesa’s second Canadian project. The 10-megawatt Gesner Wind Farm in Highgate, Ontario, went online in 2012.
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