Boralex Inc., ENERCON and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. have inaugurated the Niagara Region Wind Farm, located on private land in the regional municipality of Niagara in Ontario.
The wind farm, which was commissioned on Nov. 2, 2016, consists of 77 ENERCON E‑101 wind turbines with a total installed capacity of 230 MW. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator and will power the equivalent of more than 76,000 homes per year throughout its operating life.
The official inauguration took place yesterday in the presence of Michael Weidemann, executive vice president of ENERCON Canada; Matt Jamieson, president and CEO of the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp.; and Patrick Lemaire, president and CEO of Boralex.
Lemaire, who noted that the wind farm was “signed, built and commissioned within two years,” said at the ceremony, “The acquisition of the project, which we completed in January, represents the largest transaction in Boralex’s history and has enabled us to raise our contracted capacity target to 2,000 MW by 2020.”
“I am extremely proud of this project being completed not only under the leadership of ENERCON, a first for our company here in Canada, but in record time,” Weidemann said.
Jamieson added, “The shift to green energy is an ambitious goal which we and our partners, Boralex and ENERCON, are excited to work together to achieve.”
To mark the occasion and celebrate Global Wind Day, a public open house was held on the wind farm site to offer local residents in the region the opportunity to see the facilities up close, meet the project team and learn more about wind.