Toronto, Ontario [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Schneider Power launched the development phase of its wind farm project in Manitoba, a 60 MW Hillltop Wind Farm that is the first of a new $550 million dollar three wind farm portfolio to be developed by the company.The Hilltop Wind Farm is located in the township of Clanwilliam, Manitoba, and is expected to be a 60 MW low-impact facility that will produce 160,000 MWh of electricity annually, enough to power an equivalent of 21,000 homes. Schneider Power plans to increase its presence in central Canada by increasing the nameplate capacity of its planned Manitoba developments to more than 300 MW. “Our discussions with the province have given us the confidence to make a strong commitment to renewables in Manitoba,” said Thomas Schneider, chief executive. “This is the next step in building on a proven growth strategy and it brings us closer to our goal of 1,000 MW installed by 2009 — more than double our previous production capacity,” he said. The family behind Schneider Power, one of Canada’s wind power developers, has more than 110 years of experience developing clean, renewable energy. Schneider Power is a member of the United Nations Global Compact.