At a ground breaking ceremony this week, Potentia Renewables’s CEO Jeff Jenner announced plans for the 200-MW Golden South Wind Project located in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan. The wind farm will feature Goldwind’s permanent magnet direct-drive turbines.
At the height of construction, the project will employ 220 people to build the wind farm and up to 10 people will be involved in the long-term operations of the project. Golden South will generate approximately 900,000 megawatt-hours of electricity, eliminating over 500,000 tonnes of carbon from the electricity grid. The carbon reduction is equivalent to eliminating the pollution from half the vehicles in Regina or Saskatoon.
“We are pleased to be bringing Goldwind’s leading technology to Canada,” said Jeff Jenner, CEO of Potentia Renewables. “The direct-drive 4-MW turbines, combined with the strong Saskatchewan winds and our simple interconnection, enables Potentia to set a world record low price for long-term wind energy contracts. This project provides SaskPower with the lowest cost renewable energy in Canada for 25 years.”
Potentia is a rapidly growing international renewable energy developer, owner, and operator with assets in North America and the Caribbean. It was recently awarded four large contracted wind assets in Western Canada. Potentia’s construction plans for these sites represents more than 625 MW of wind power to come online over the next two years of which Golden South will be the first to come online.
“Goldwind is proud to work with Potentia Renewables, a leading renewable energy developer, to deliver clean, cost-efficient wind energy to Western Canada’s robust wind market,” says David Sale, Chief Executive Officer for Goldwind Americas. “The latest 4-megawatt turbines, developed for North America, underscore our ongoing commitment to bring industry-leading products and technology to our customers and their projects — further supporting a shared desire of a low carbon future for all.”
The Golden South Wind Project will use 50 of Goldwind’s latest wind turbine series, the 4S megawatt platform, which feature a scalable rated capacity from 4.2 to 4.5 megawatts, and 136 and 155-meter rotor diameters.
Under the terms of the deal with Potentia Renewables, Goldwind also entered into an agreement to provide the project with long-term maintenance services and a comprehensive warranty package. The project is expected to be commercially operational by the end of 2020.