Summerhaven Wind, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Canada, has commenced commercial operations of the 124.4MW Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre in the Ontario province of Canada.

Situated in the vicinity of Nanticoke, Haldimand County, the a Class-4 Wind facility features 59 turbines of 2.22MW each including 58 Siemens 101 model turbines and a Siemens 93 model turbine, spanning around 22,583ha of privately-owned rural, agricultural land in the county.

The project, which was a contract awarded under the government FIT programme, has commenced construction in 2006 and has received renewable energy approval (REA) from the Ministry of the Environment in March 2012.

The project, which is expected to have a lifespan of around 27 years, has created over 300 construction jobs and has outsourced to nearly 55 Ontario businesses for services ranging from materials, equipment, utilities, labour, housing and subcontractors.

Connected to Hydro One’s 230kV circuit N1M via a new 230kV three-breaker ring bus switching station, the centre generates enough electricity to power around 32,000 homes in Ontario.

The company has brought in an investment of over $26m in Haldimand County throughout the project construction, boosting the local economy.

"The project will significantly contribute to Ontario’s renewable energy supply and boost the local economy in Haldimand County."

HB White Canada was responsible for the construction of the centre including design, building of all foundations, substation, collection systems and turbines.

The project was originally having two separate plants – Air Energy TCI’s Nanticoke wind farm and NextEra’s Summerhaven wind farm.
In November 2009, NextEra has bought Nanticoke Wind, which has been merged with Summerhaven Wind, and named the combined project as Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre.

NextEra’s director of development, Ben Greenhouse, said the project will significantly contribute to Ontario’s renewable energy supply and boost the local economy in Haldimand County.

"We would like to thank all of our community partners for their support throughout the development of this project and look forward to continuing to create even greater economic opportunities for Haldimand County during the life of this clean energy project," said Greenhouse.

Image: Summerhaven Wind Energy Centre features 59 Siemens turbines of 2.22MW each. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.