BURLINGTON, ON, Jan. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc.
has signed a binding agreement with Siemens Canada Limited, to supply
up to 130 turbines for its 300MW offshore wind power project on Lake
Ontario. The turbine blades will be manufactured at Siemens' renewable
energy plant located in Tillsonburg, Ontario.
Windstream holds the only offshore wind power Feed-in-Tariff (FIT)
contract in the Province of Ontario, which was awarded by the Ontario
Power Authority (OPA) in May 2010. The project is planned to be located
from five to sixteen kilometers off the southwest shore of Wolfe
Island, in eastern Lake Ontario.
By selecting Siemens, Windstream has guaranteed that the Wolfe Island
Shoals project will provide more than 50 percent Ontario content. It
will create more than 1,900 jobs for the first five years of
development, and 175 jobs after construction.
"We are very pleased to have entered into a contract for turbines with
Siemens Canada. With Siemens' 140 years of experience in the energy
sector, and a global network of highly-skilled employees, we are
confident that we have chosen the right supplier", said Ian Baines,
President of Windstream Energy. "Siemens is the world's leading
supplier of offshore wind turbines with over 2,000MW installed globally
offshore. We are planning to use their experience to develop the first
offshore wind project in Canada." he continued.
"We are pleased to enter this agreement with Windstream for the Wolfe
Island Shoals offshore wind farm and look forward to contributing to
the development of Canada´s first offshore wind project," said Bill
Smith, Senior Vice President of Siemens Canada.
About Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals
Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals is a private company established in
2007. Windstream's parent company has eleven early stage development
projects totaling 1,050 MW in Ontario, with additional projects in B.C.
and Wyoming, USA.
About Siemens in Canada
Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the
world of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the
industry, energy and healthcare sectors. The company has over 4,000
employees in Canada, with sales for fiscal 2010 (ended September 30) of
$2.3 Billion CAD.
SOURCE Windstream Energy Inc.
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