Renewable energy producer Boralex celebrated the opening of the first phase of 40 MW of the company’s 90-MW wind farm project with two milestone events.
Celebrations commenced at the Toronto Stock Exchange with Ontario’s Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Brad Duguid and Boralex CEO Patrick Lemaire opening the market. This was followed by a ceremony on the site of the Thames River wind farm.
“TSX is a leading global energy market, while the Chatham-Kent community and Ontario are leading the way in their support of wind and emerging clean energy technologies,” said Lemaire. “Leader in wind energy production in France, we are pleased, as a Canadian producer, to operate our first wind farm in Canada. The Thames River wind site represents a significant investment in Ontario and an important contribution to wind energy in the province.”
Boralex started construction in October 2008, and the wind farm began supplying green energy to the province's electricity grid in December 2009. The first phase of the Boralex Thames River wind site—with a total of 20 turbines and 40 MW—is currently connected and contributing power to the grid. Once the project is complete by the end of 2010, says the company, the site will produce more than 200 GWh of renewable electricity.
“I'm delighted to celebrate this significant milestone with Boralex,” said Duguid. “With partners such as Boralex, Ontario is emerging as leader in the clean energy economy, making the province a place of destination for investment and manufacturing. Together we will continue to transform Ontario's electricity generation system into one of the cleanest and greenest energy supply mixes in the world.”
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