Greentech Lead America: NextEra Energy Canada, a
subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, has selected GE wind turbine technology
for six new wind farms in Ontario.
Using GE’s 1.6-100 wind turbine, the new wind farms will
produce more than 460 MW of clean power, which is enough energy for nearly
120,000 homes in Ontario.
GE will supply 288 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines for the NextEra Energy Canada
projects. GE has secured more than 1,200 MW of global commitments for this
technology since it was launched in May.
Featuring 100-meter blades, the 1.6-100 captures
additional energy in low-wind environments.
“We are pleased to expand our partnership with GE as we continue our efforts to
bring these important wind projects into service to increase Ontario’s supply
of clean, wind-generated electricity,” said Armando Pimentel, president and CEO
of NextEra Energy Resources.
The projects support Ontario’s Green Energy Act. It is
part of an investment of more than $1 billion by NextEra Energy Canada.
Under the provisions of the Green Energy Act, 50 percent
of all project goods and labor must come from Ontario at the time they reach
commercial operation. This agreement will help NextEra Energy Canada meet its
commitment to creating jobs and economic opportunities in Ontario.
Manufacturing facilities of GE and its suppliers in Port Colborne, Ottawa,
Windsor and Stony Creek will all contribute to fulfilling the agreement with
NextEra Energy Canada in meeting its domestic content commitments.
“We developed our new 1.6-100 wind turbine specifically to meet the higher
performance and efficiency challenges of today’s wind industry, in Canada and
worldwide,” said Vic Abate, vice president of renewable energy for GE.
Subsidiaries of NextEra Energy Canada were awarded 20-year power purchase
agreements by the Ontario Power Authority to develop the projects, which will
be located at six sites across Ontario and are expected to enter commercial operation
in 2013 and 2014.
GE’s current product portfolio includes wind turbines with rated capacities
ranging from 1.5 to 4.1 megawatts and support services ranging from remote
monitoring and fault resolution to complete operations and maintenance support.