Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Permitting Approved for Ontario Wind Farm

A company traditionally associated exclusively with hydroelectric projects just received a green light to proceed on its first wind power project.

Brascan Power received final government approvals this week required to begin construction on the Prince Wind Farm project. The project, expected to be completed in the second half of 2006, will have the capacity to deliver 99 MW of power to Ontario’s electricity market, enough renewable electricity to power close to 20,000 homes. Brascan Power’s Prince Wind Farm was announced in November 2004 as one of the successful bids in the Ontario government’s 300 MW Request for Proposals for new renewable energy supply. The wind farm will be powered with 66 GE Energy 1.5 MW wind turbine generators located in the Townships of Prince, Dennis and Pennefather, northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. A new substation and 14 km transmission line will be constructed to connect the wind turbine generators to an existing 230 kV transmission line. Brascan Power has awarded M.A. Mortenson Company the balance of plant contract for the civil aspects of the project, including road construction, foundations and wind turbine erection. “This is an exciting and momentous day for Brascan Power as we start construction on the Prince Wind Farm project, the first wind power project for our company,” said Harry Goldgut, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Brascan Power. “The Prince project represents an important milestone in the growth of our company’s renewable power generating portfolio and will be an excellent complement to our existing assets.”