Brookfield celebrates Gosfield Wind opening – Comber Wind commences
By Anthony Capkun
Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. announced the opening of the 50MW Gosfield Wind facility in the Town of Kingsville in Essex County, Ont. The commissioning ceremony included Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of energy as well as representatives from Brookfield, landowners, turbine supplier Siemens, general contractor Mortenson and other stakeholders.
All power produced from the Gosfield Wind facility is being sold at a
fixed price to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) under a 20-year power
purchase agreement (PPA) and will qualify for the Canadian Federal
Government’s ecoEnergy Program for Renewable Energy. Commercial
operations started under the project’s PPA on September 16.
Brookfield was also pleased to announce the start of construction at the
166MW Comber Wind project in the neighbouring Town of Lakeshore. This
project received a 20-year contract under the province’s Feed-in Tariff
(FIT) Program and is expected to enter commercial operation Fall 2011.
Together, Gosfield and Comber are expected to generate enough clean,
renewable energy annually to power over 70,000 average Ontario homes.
On a combined basis, the Gosfield and Comber projects are expected to
represent an investment of more than $650 million and create 300
temporary jobs during construction and 15 permanent jobs for ongoing
operations and maintenance. As required under the FIT Program, the
Comber project will comprise at least 25% Ontario content, primarily
through the supply of turbine components and construction labour.
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