Energy & Power
Summerhaven Wind Energy commences commercial operation
By Anthony Capkun
September 25, 2013 – NextEra Energy Canada ULC announced its subsidiary—Summerhaven Wind LP—has achieved commercial operation at its Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre, located in Haldimand County, Ont.
“Haldimand County has experienced direct economic benefits resulting from the development of wind energy in our community,” said Don Boyle, chief administrative officer. “The construction of the Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre has created local jobs and added measurably to the local economy.”
Summerhaven consists of 56 turbines and is capable of generating up to 124.4MW. Development began in 2006, and the project received a Renewable Energy Approval in March 2012. Throughout the 10-month construction phase, more than 300 local workers and 55 Ontario businesses contributed to the project, says NextEra, through services ranging from materials, equipment, utilities, labour, housing and subcontractors. Throughout the process, more than $26 million was invested in local businesses in Haldimand County, adds the company.
Haldimand County will continue to benefit from the operation of the Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre in the years to come, says NextEra. A Community Vibrancy Fund has been established to support community initiatives and partnerships. Similar funding agreements have also been arranged with local First Nations communities.