Schenectady, N.Y., April 17, 2012 — GE will power a new wind project in the province of Ontario, Canada that will add 100 MW of renewable energy to the region’s electricity grid.
The Dufferin Wind Farm, located in Ontario’s Melanchthon County, is being developed by Longyuan Canada Renewables Ltd., a unit of China Long Yuan Power Generation.
GE will supply 31 of its 1.6-100 wind turbines and 18 of its 2.75-103 wind turbines for the project, which supports Ontario’s Green Energy Act. Created by the Ontario government, the act is designed to expand renewable energy production, encourage energy conservation and create green jobs. It features a feed-in tariff to ensure that renewable energy developers are able to achieve a reasonable return on their investments.
CLYPG will be the first customer in Ontario to receive GE’s 1.6-100 wind turbine, which is the world’s most efficient wind turbine in its class. Featuring a 100-meter rotor diameter, the 1.6-100 wind turbine offers a 47 percent increase in swept area, which results in a 19 percent increase in annual energy production at 7.5 m/s, compared to the previous 1.6-82.5 model.
The newest member of GE’s 2.5-MW class of wind turbines, the 2.75-103 wind turbine offers high efficiency, even at low wind speeds. This new turbine features electrical system uprates and GE’s 50.2 proprietary blade design that offers a 9 percent AEP increase over the 2.5-100.
The GE wind turbines will be shipped to the project site in 2013, with commercial operation expected in 2014.
Canada has increased its wind power capacity nearly tenfold in the last six years, as provincial governments seek ways to meet rising energy demand, reduce environmental impact of electricity generation, and stimulate rural and industrial economic development. The CanWEA expects that wind energy’s rapid growth in Canada will continue, with production tripling over the next five years.