Mainstream Renewable Power has successfully erected the first of 20 wind turbines at its 46 MW Oldman 2 wind farm, located in Alberta. Mainstream started construction work in September 2013, and the wind farm is expected to be operational this August.
The wind farm is using 20 Siemens 2.3-101 turbines, and Mainstream notes that the main turbine components were manufactured in Kansas and Iowa.
"We are delighted to have the first turbine erected," comments Gary Swan, Mainstream's head of construction. "The winter in Alberta was particularly harsh this year and created enormous challenges for our contractors, with temperatures regularly between -35 and -20 C. Despite this, the project is still on track to achieve completion on schedule."
Once the 46 MW wind farm is operational, home furnishings retailer IKEA will acquire the project under an agreement announced in November 2013. Oldman 2 represents IKEA's first North American wind farm purchase, though the company also recently announced a deal to buy the 98 MW Hoopeston Wind project in Illinois.