Northland Power and Mnidoo Mnising Power's McLean's Mountain Wind Farm
on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Will be Powered by 24 GE Wind Turbines
McLean's Mountain Wind Farm Will Provide 60 Megawatts of Wind Power to
the Ontario Grid
GE Will Provide around-the-Clock Innovative Remote Monitoring and
Diagnostics and 10-Year Service Agreement for Operations and
TORONTO, Oct. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - GE (NYSE: GE) and McLean's Mountain Wind
Limited Partnership today announced that the McLean's Mountain Wind
Farm on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, will be powered by 24 GE 2.85-103 turbines. Located in Lake Huron, Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater
island in the world. The McLean's Mountain Wind Farm will provide 60
megawatts (MW) of power to the grid. The project is a 50/50 partnership
between Northland Power Inc. (TSX: NPI) and Mnidoo Mnising Power (MMP).
"This wind farm will provide renewable energy to Ontario while
respecting the environment and creating resources to strengthen the
United Chiefs and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising communities. Recognizing
the unique topography of Manitoulin island, we ultimately decided that
GE's 2.85-103 model wind turbines were the best fit to meet the project
requirements," said John Brace, CEO of Northland Power, one of Canada's
leading independent power producers.
GE will provide operations and maintenance through a 10-year full service agreement for the McLean's Mountain Wind Farm. The facility will benefit from
around-the-clock remote monitoring and diagnostics through GE's global
wind monitoring center in Schenectady, N.Y., which also will help
maximize wind turbine operating performance and life.
"GE is pleased to work with Northland Power and its partner Mnidoo
Mnising Power and is committed to supporting the growth of renewable
energy in Canada. As of 2013, we have installed 1.8 gigawatts of wind
power in Canada, which accounts for 29 percent of Canada's total
installed base. Wind energy can continue to be an important part of
Canada's low-carbon electricity mix, complementing hydro in Quebec,
surpassing coal generation in Ontario, diversifying the Alberta grid
and helping to meet British Columbia's increasing energy demands," said
Anne McEntee, president and CEO of GE's renewable energy business."
Northland Power (TSX: NPI) is an independent power producer founded in
1987 and publicly traded since 1997. Northland produces 'clean'
(natural gas) and 'green' (wind, solar, and hydro) energy, providing
sustainable long-term value to shareholders, stakeholders and host
communities. The company owns or has a net economic interest in 1,329
MW of operating generating capacity, with an additional 80 MW of
generating capacity currently in construction and another 200 MW of
wind, solar and run-of-river hydro projects with awarded power
contracts. In addition, Northland has acquired the rights to acquire a
majority equity stake in Gemini, a 600 MW offshore wind project located
85 kilometers off the coast of the Netherlands in the North Sea.
Northland's cash flows are diversified over five geographically
separate regions and regulatory jurisdictions in Canada, Europe and the
Northland's common shares, Series 1 and Series 3 preferred shares and
convertible debentures trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the
symbols NPI, NPI.PR.A, NPI.PR.C and NPI.DB.A, respectively.
Mnidoo Mnising Power is a corporation established by the United Chiefs
and Councils of Mnidoo Mnising (UCCMM) a tribal council based on and
around Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. Its members include
M'Chigeeng First Nation, Sheguiandah First Nation, Sheshegwaning First
Nation, Aundeck-Omni-Kaning First Nation, Whitefish River First Nation
and Zhiibaahaasing First Nation. UCCMM formed Mnidoo Mnising Power to
lead renewable energy projects on Manitoulin Island in order to protect
First Nations' rights, heritage and ensure the future for First
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