International Power Canada (IPC), a wind power developer, announced the commissioning of the Harrow Wind project in Essex County. The four projects—developed under Ontario's Renewable Energy Standard Offer program—each have an installed capacity of 10 MW for a total of 40MW and will generate power equivalent to the amount of energy needed to serve nearly 12,000 Ontario homes annually, according to the company.
“We are pleased that Harrow is now on-line,” said IPC President Mike Crawley. “The Standard Offer program was a ground-breaking initiative for the province and has allowed smaller projects such as these to be developed to support Ontario's evolving energy system."
Construction of the $110 million wind project began in October 2009. AMEC Black & MacDonald served as the general contractors on the project, which had a construction team primarily made up of local labourers, electricians and iron workers.
The project, located on private lands near the community of Harrow, comprises 24 Vestas V82 1.65 MW turbines.
“Many of these turbines are hosted by landowners who were approached over six years ago,” said Tim Sullivan, project manager on the project. “These people embraced Ontario's energy revolution very early on and acted as pioneers in making this a reality. We are happy that our dream and their vision has now become a reality.”
For more information, visit the company website at www.ipplc.com.