Enbridge Inc. and Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. have completed Enbridge’s 99-MW Talbot Wind Project. “We are pleased to introduce the Talbot Wind Project to the Chatham-Kent community,” said Don Thompson, Vice President, Green Energy.
Enbridge owns the project and RES Canada developed and constructed it.
“Through the support of the community and by working with Enbridge, the Ontario Power Authority, Hydro One, Siemens, and local contractors, the project was completed on time and within budget. RES Canada looks forward to bringin clean and sustainable renewable energy to Ontario and other Canadian provinces,” says RES Canada CEO Susan Reilly.
“Our investment of up to $30 million from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program in the Talbot Wind Farm demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to increasing the supply of clean, renewable energy to Canadians,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources.
To celebrate the Talbot Wind Project’s completion, Enbridge and RES Canada announced two community investments: $10,000 toward new windows for the Palmyra Community Hall, and $35,000/year for five years to the University of Guelph’s Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability at its Ridgetown Campus. The Center is a hub for applied and adaptive research, training and education in bio-energy and the bio-economy. The investment will support research into the impacts and benefits that this energy has on the community.
The Project helps advance Enbridge’s commitment to achieving an environmentally neutral footprint by 2015 and a significant step forward in Enbridge’s commitment to generate a kilowatt of renewable energy for every kilowatt consumed by the company’s operations.
The project created about 300 construction jobs and 10 full-time local jobs. It generated revenue for local businesses through almost C$60 million in capital expenditures, and will continue to generate local revenue through about C$7 million in annual operating expenditures. The municipality will receive annual tax payments of about C$280,000.
The project delivers energy to the Ontario Power Authority under a 20-year Renewable Energy Supply III agreement. It is also receiving a C$0.01/kWh energy production incentive over the next ten years from Natural Resources Canada’s ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. A few project details include:
- Capacity peak: About 98,900 kW
- Turbines: 43 Siemens 2.3-megawatt wind turbines
- Area: 11,500 hectares
- Annual yield: about 300,000 MWh
- Total cost: C$285 million