A 10-MW wind farm planned for Highgate, Ontario, near the northern shore of Lake Erie between Chatham-Kent and London, will be the first Canadian project by wind energy firm Gamesa Technology Corp. The company will supply five turbines for the Gesner Wind Farm, which is being developed by Saturn Power. The off-take will be purchased by the Ontario Power Authority. The project, about 70 mi. east of Detroit, Mich., will feature Gamesa G97 2.0 MW turbines on 90-meter towers.
The OEM introduced the G97-2.0 MW turbine in 2011 and already has secured contracts for 356 MW, all in the second half of the year. The turbine is intended for low-wind sites and features a new aerodynamic blade tip, among other features, enabling the company to enter new markets, including Canada.
“This is a milestone for Gamesa,” said David Takash, Sales VP for Gamesa North America. “The Canadian wind market offers abundant opportunities, and Gamesa has the advanced technology products to bring this clean energy to market in a cost-effective way to benefit local consumers.”
Gamesa showcased the G97 2.0MW wind turbine at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s last conference and exhibition, demonstrating that the turbine will ensure wind farm operators maximum production at almost any site and in any environment.
“Saturn Power is excited to be able to contribute to a cleaner environment through the development of our first 10-MW project,” said Saturn President Doug Wagner. “We are happy to be working with Gamesa to help them bring their latest turbine technology to the Canadian market.” Preliminary planning for the Gesner Wind Farm is under way and construction is set to begin in the summer. The wind farm scheduled to be fully operational by year’s end.
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