A wind farm located in Niagara region was inaugurated on Global Wind Day, (June 15) as part of celebrations between Boralex, ENERCON, and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation.
According to the press release, the 230MW project was commissioned back in November 2016, and consists of 77 ENERCON E‑101 wind turbines generating enough power for more than 76,000 homes per annum. The project has a power purchase agreement with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
At the ceremony President and Chief Executive Officer of Boralex, Patrick Lemaire said, “This project was signed, built, and commissioned within two years as a result of outstanding teamwork, which fills me with pride.”
“The acquisition of the project, which we completed in January, represents the largest transaction in Boralex’s history and has enabled us to raise our contracted capacity target to 2,000 MW by 2020.”
President and CEO of the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, Matt Jamieson said, “We are pleased to collaborate with partners who share the same vision of a bright and sustainable future for our coming generations.”
“The shift to green energy is an ambitious goal which we, and our partners Boralex and ENERCON, are excited to work together to achieve.”
During the construction phase, the wind farm generated 700 jobs, with 100 positions remaining permanent over the 20 year life of the project. Over $80 million will be given out to residents for land lease payments during operation.