Acciona and Suncor Energy Begin Ontario Wind Power Project

Acciona Wind Energy Canada Inc. and Suncor Energy Products Inc. have started full-scale construction on their 76-megawatt (MW) wind power project near Ripley, Ontario.

The Ontario Energy Board recently granted regulatory approval for the wind farm’s two substations and transmission line, completing the project’s key regulatory requirements. The Ripley Wind Power Project will include 38 2-MW Enercon wind turbines, a transmission line and two electrical substations. The wind farm is located on the eastern shores of Lake Huron in Huron-Kinloss Township, approximately 220 kilometers west of Toronto. Construction is expected to be complete this summer, with wind farm commissioning anticipated for late 2007. “We welcome the steps being taken by government to encourage investment in renewable energy,” said Dave Byler, Suncor’s executive vice president of natural gas and renewable energy. The project is the result of the Ontario government’s request for proposals to supply approximately 1,000 MW of renewable energy. The Ontario government aims to produce 10 percent of the province’s electricity from renewable sources by 2010. Suncor and Acciona are equal partners in the Ripley Wind Power Project. They also jointly own and operate, along with Enbridge Inc., the 30-MW Magrath Wind Power Project and the 30-MW Chin Chute Wind Power Project, both in southern Alberta.

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