Spanish company Acciona has won a contract to provide 34 AW3000 turbines for the 102MW South Canoe wind farm in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Under the contract, Acciona will be responsible for the construction of the plant and internal electrical infrastructures and assembly and will also carry out the operation and maintenance of the project, which will spread across more than 7,500 acres.
The project, which will produce enough electricity to power around 32,000 homes, will sell its output to Nova Scotia Power and help the province reach its renewable energy targets of 25% renewable electricity by 2015 and 40% by 2020.
The Government of Nova Scotia had granted environmental clearance for the project in July 2012 under the Environment Act of the Environmental Assessment Regulations.
The project was awarded to Oxford Frozen Foods (78MW) and Minas Basin Pulp and Power (24MW) in August 2012, following a competitive bidding process. Nova Scotia Power holds a 49% minority stake in each of the projects.
Proponents Nova Scotia Power, Minas Basin Pulp and Power and Oxford Frozen Foods had received approval from the Chester Municipal Council for the development agreements in March 2013 for the project being built on lands in the South Canoe Lake area, near New Russell and New Ross.
The project is likely to create up to 20 construction jobs and five full time jobs, and significantly contribute the growth of the local economy by paying approximately $660,000 in property taxes annually to the municipality.
ACCIONA Energy North America CEO Ilya Hartmann said the company was able to deliver what the South Canoe Project team asked for; a complete solution including highly-reliable and high-capacity turbines, construction services and operations and maintenance.
"We're pleased to apply our full range of wind energy services to provide the best value for this project," said Hartmann.