Ontario’s First Wind Farm Begins Operation

The first commercial wind farm in Ontario was officially opened this week. The five-turbine wind farm will supply enough certified green electricity for up to 3,000 homes a year.

Kincardine, Ontario, Canada – December 3, 2002 [SolarAccess.com] “It’s encouraging to see alternative energy projects like the Huron Wind Farm being established throughout Ontario,” said Energy Minister John Baird. “We must continue to support clean energy production to ensure there’s a sufficient supply of electricity to meet our needs now and into the future.” Ron Osborne, CEO of Ontario Power Generation (OPG), and Duncan Hawthorne, British Energy’s Executive Director of North American Operations, were on hand to open the wind farm which lies adjacent to the Bruce Power Visitors’ Center in Kincardine on the shores of Lake Huron. Huron Wind is a partnership between OPG and British Energy Canada, which will share its output and market the green power to commercial and industrial customers in Ontario. The project was announced in March of 2001, with construction beginning in July of 2002. Osborne described Huron Wind as the end result of an idea that grew from five years of operating experience with a single wind turbine, which is also located at the Huron Wind site. “We wanted to develop the province’s first commercial wind farm and are very pleased that British Energy (Canada) agreed to join us in making this historic wind farm a reality,” said Osborne. OPG said it has the largest supply of certified green power in Ontario and markets the energy under the OPG Evergreen(TM) Energy brand. Helen Johns, Ontario’s Agriculture Minister and Huron Bruce MPP, praised the Huron Wind project for its ability to combine the province’s agricultural and energy needs. “As a local member of the provincial parliament, I can say it’s a great day for the entire area,” Johns said. “This wind farm, which is located in a field that will shortly be returned to agricultural use, demonstrates the compatibility of farming and wind energy.”

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