MONTREAL, Oct. 27 /CNW/ - AAER Inc. (TSX-V: AAE), Canada's only original equipment manufacturer of wind turbines of 1 megawatt ("MW") and more, announced today that it has signed a letter of intent with Leader Resources Services Inc. ("Leader"), for the delivery of a 1.65 MW wind turbine in Tiverton, Ontario. This $3.3 million partial turnkey contract is subject to AAER completing its financing for the project on or before July 31, 2010. The Tiverton turbine will be a test wind turbine for Leader, which is currently involved in developing a number of wind projects in several Ontario municipalities. This initiative is headed by Charles Edey, a wind energy pioneer in Ontario.
"This contract, when finalized, will mark our entry into the Ontario wind energy market, another milestone in our growth," said Dave Gagnon, President and CEO, AAER. "Ontario's Green Energy and Green Economy Act provides strong support for renewable energy in the province and offers AAER further opportunities to supply wind turbines to large developers and local communities. Our success with Leader will establish AAER as a reliable supplier of wind turbines projects in Ontario."
The Tiverton turbine will be submitted for a Power Purchase Feed-In Tariff contract under the Green Energy and Green Economy Act (Ontario) as an early launch project.
Leader is a local, experienced company, with a team that successfully developed several energy projects, the largest being a 200-MW wind farm just north of Kincardine, Ontario, along the shore of Lake Huron, which is now owned and operated by Enbridge. Presently, Leader is involved in developing several other small and large scale wind projects in the Municipalities of Central Huron, Kincardine, Arran-Elderslie, and Norfolk County.
"This project is a direct result of the Green Energy Act, which provides fresh opportunities for more people to individually participate in the green electricity business," Edey said. "Ontario is currently the leading wind energy jurisdiction in North America, and is bringing both investment and jobs. Having the chance to work with AAER and to be part of the activity as they bring to Ontario the first-ever commercial class Canadian-built turbine is very exciting. I hope this is the first of many more," he adds.
About AAER Inc.
AAER is a wind turbine manufacturer located in Bromont, Quebec that manufactures and maintains high capacity 1 Megawatt or more wind turbines principally for the North American market. Its strategy is to progressively build its product's components to provide a high level of reliability and competitive pricing to its customers. AAER uses a portfolio of proven European technologies to ensure the performance of its turbines in various wind conditions and terrains. Its stock is listed on the TSX Venture Exchange (TSX-V: AAE). Additional information is available on the Company's website at www.aaer.ca.
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