A 10-megawatt wind farm planned for Highgate, Ontario, located near the northern shore of Lake Erie between Chatham-Kent and London, will be the first Canadian project by global wind energy leader Gamesa Technology Corp.
Gamesa will supply five turbines for the Gesner Wind Farm, which is being developed by Saturn Power. The offtake will be purchased by the Ontario Power Authority. The project, located about 70 miles east of Detroit, Mich., will feature five Gamesa G97 2.0 MW turbines on 90-meter towers.
Gamesa introduced the G97-2.0 MW turbine in 2011 and already has secured contracts for 356 megawatts, all in the second half of the year. The turbine is specially designed for low-wind sites and features a new aerodynamic blade tip, among other features, enabling the company to enter new markets, including Canada.
“This is a new milestone for Gamesa,” said David Takash, Vice President of Sales for Gamesa North America. “The Canadian wind market offers abundant opportunities, and Gamesa has the advanced technology products to bring this clean energy to market in a cost-effective way to benefit local consumers.”
Gamesa showcased the G97 2.0MW wind turbine at the Canadian Wind Energy Association’s last conference and exhibition, demonstrating that the turbine will ensure wind farm operators maximum production at almost any site and in any environment.
“Saturn Power is excited to be able to contribute to a cleaner environment through the development of our first 10-megawatt generation project,” said Doug Wagner, President of Saturn Power. “We are happy to be working with Gamesa to help them bring their latest turbine technology to the Canadian market.”
Preliminary planning for the Gesner Wind Farm is under way and construction is set to begin in the summer. The wind farm scheduled to be fully operational by the end of the year.
Gamesa Technology Corp., Inc., (www.gamesacorp.com/en/) a global leader in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of wind turbine generators and the development and sale of wind farms, has installed more than 23,000 MW in 30 countries on four continents. Gamesa entered the North American market in 2005 and built two manufacturing plants, a nacelle plant and a blades facility, in Pennsylvania. Since entering the market, Gamesa has supplied wind turbines to 27 wind farms in the United States. Gamesa also exports its U.S.-manufactured turbines to North and Central American countries and was the recipient of the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s “Renewable Energy Exporter of the Year” award in 2011. That same year, Gamesa opened the North American Offshore Wind Technology Center in Chesapeake, Va., where it is spearheading the design a 5.0 MW offshore wind turbine in collaboration with Newport News Shipbuilding, formerly Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
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