NextEra Energy Canada's East Durham Wind Energy Center has achieved commercial operation in Ontario. The 22.2 MW wind farm is powered by 14 GE wind turbines.
According to NextEra Canada, nearly $3 million was invested in local businesses throughout the construction of the wind farm, which began in late March. Services ranging from materials, equipment, utilities, labor, housing and subcontractors were provided by about 15 local businesses, the developer notes.
‘This is a significant milestone for the company, as it is our eighth wind energy project in Ontario,’ says Al Wiley, NextEra Energy Canada's vice president of development. ‘This project brings the company's total of clean, wind energy in Ontario to over 600 MW and an investment of nearly $2 billion in the province. For this project specifically, much of its success can be attributed to the project's great participants within the West Grey community. They stood by the project from early development through the construction phase and were incredibly supportive throughout the process.’
With the commercial operation in place, NextEra says it will continue to support the municipality of West Grey's community initiatives, such as the Dundalk Fair and the Youth Fishing Derby.