Wind turbine projects slated for Niagara Region
By Design Engineering StaffGeneral turbine Wind
$400-million dollar deal to see Germany’s ENERCON open two factory locations.
St. Catharine’s, ON — Niagara Region Wind Corporation has selected ENERCON to supply and maintain 230 MW of wind turbines for its Niagara Region Wind Power Project. A key component of this agreement is ENERCON’s commitment to build a manufacturing facility in the Niagara Region.
The two companies have signed a contract wherein ENERCON will supply and maintain 77 3.0 MW wind turbines (model E-101, 3.0MW) for the project. This contract will allow NRWC to fulfill its domestic content requirements, as required by the Ontario Power Authority.
The Niagara Region Wind Corporation received a Feed-in-Tariff contract in February 2011 for its 230 MW proposed project in Pelham, West Lincoln and Wainfleet in Niagara Region, as well as part of Haldimand County.
To meet the demands of this order and service other Ontario demands, ENERCON will open a converter and control panel factory in the Niagara Region, servicing both the wind and solar industries. Due to the high demand of ENERCON wind turbines, a concrete tower manufacturing site will also be established in the Region.
“The Niagara area offers a strategic location for the logistics and supply chain of various components for our projects in Ontario and across Canada,” said ENERCON Canada’s Executive Vice President Michael Weidemann. “The factory would be the first of its kind in the North American market and for ENERCON outside of its home market of Germany,” he continued.
Site location for both factories will be decided by spring, with turbine production to start in summer 2013.