TORONTO, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - International Power Canada (formerly AIM PowerGen Corporation) announced today that construction is progressing well at the Harrow Wind projects in Essex County. The four projects, developed under Ontario's Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program, each have an installed capacity of 9.9 megawatts (MW) for a total of 39.6 megawatts (MW) and will generate power equivalent to the amount of energy needed to serve nearly 12,000 Ontario homes annually. The project is expected to finish construction and reach commercial operation in June 2010.
International Power Canada President Mike Crawley commented that these projects are the first to go to construction in Essex County. "We are pleased that the Harrow project is now under construction and will be providing clean, renewable energy to the province later this year."
The $110 million wind project, located in the Town of Essex on the northern shore of Lake Erie, is comprised of 24 Vestas V82 1.65 MW turbines. AMEC Black & MacDonald are serving as the general contractors on the project. The construction team is primarily made up of local labourers, electricians and iron workers. "We've had over 120 people working on site. This is good news for local union halls and service suppliers in the Windsor-Essex region", says Paul Robinson, construction manager with Black & MacDonald.
"These jobs are important. The skills at work on Harrow help to demonstrate that the infrastructure, resources and support are available in the region and will keep the region competitive in Ontario's growing green energy economy," reiterated Crawley. "The region is poised to become a clean energy powerhouse. With new projects expected under the FIT there will be jobs for many years to come".
To date, all of the access roads have been constructed. 18 of the 24 turbine foundations have been completed and backfilled and 6 complete turbines have been delivered to site. Erection of turbines is already underway and will continue over the next few months.
Landowners involved in the project are quite excited with how the project is progressing. "We are very pleased to see that our dream has now become a reality" says Dean Martin, who will host turbines on his family's farm, "We are extremely proud to part of something like this. There are many familiar faces working on the site. Generating new power and new jobs in the region, it's great...hopefully it's only the beginning"
International Power Canada (formerly AIM PowerGen Corporation) is a wind power developer, owner and operator based in Toronto, Ontario. International Power Canada is a subsidiary of International Power PLC, a leading independent electricity generating company with 33,227MW gross (21,358MW net) in operation and 3,290MW gross (988MW net) under construction. International Power is listed on the London Stock Exchange with ticker symbol IPR. Company website: www.ipplc.com
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