GE turbines will power a new wind project in Ontario, Canada that will add 100 MW to the region’s electricity grid. The Dufferin Wind Farm, located in Ontario’s Melanchthon County, is being developed by Longyuan Canada Renewables Ltd., a subsidiary of China Long Yuan Power Generation (CLYPG), China’s largest wind power developer.
GE will supply 31 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines and 18, 2.75-103 wind turbines for the project which supports Ontario’s Green Energy Act. The act expands renewable energy production, encourages energy conservation and creates jobs. It features a feed-in tariff to ensure that renewable energy developers achieve a reasonable return on their investments.
Under the Green Energy Act, renewable energy developers are required to demonstrate 50% local content for their projects. GE’s longstanding commitment to provide local manufacturing content and sophisticated application engineering support aligns with the Green Energy Act’s requirements.
“The Dufferin Wind Farm marks our first global wind project outside of China,” said Wu Hao, president of Long Yuan Canada. “With rich wind power resources and strong supporting policies for its wind industry, Canada has created an excellent investment and operational environment for wind farms.”
The Chinese company will be the first customer in Ontario to receive GE’s 1.6-100 wind turbine, which GE says is the world’s most efficient wind turbine in its class. Featuring a 100-m rotor diameter, the 1.6-100 wind turbine offers a 47% increase in swept area, which results in a 19% increase in annual energy production (AEP) at 7.5 m/s, compared to the previous 1.6-82.5 model.
The newest member of GE’s 2.5-MW class of wind turbines, the 2.75-103, offers high efficiency, even at low wind speeds. This new turbine features electrical system uprates and GE’s 50.2 proprietary blade design that offers a 9% AEP increase over the 2.5-100. The wind turbines will be shipped to the project site in 2013, with commercial operation expected in 2014.
Ontario leads Canada in installed wind energy capacity and accounts for about one-third of the nation’s wind energy development, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). CanWEA expects that wind energy’s rapid growth in Canada will continue, with production tripling over the next five years.
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