Expected to power 30,000 homes, project incorporates 40 Siemens turbines
TORONTO—A 100 megawatt wind farm on the shores of Lake Huron has achieved commercial operations and is now feeding clean energy into the province’s electricity grid.
A 50/50 partnership between Toronto-based Northland Power Inc. and the Aamjiwnaang and Bkejwanong First Nations, the Grand Bend Wind Farm reached full capacity last month.
“It has been a journey of collaboration for Giiwedin Noodin and our partner Northland Power to achieve COD on the Grand Bend Wind Farm. We look forward to years of benefits from this energy partnership,” said Graham Hoogterp, the president of Giiwedin Noodin FN Energy Corp.—the company representing the Aamjiwnaang and Bkejwanong First Nations.
The project covers 2,428-hectares northwest of London, Ont., and operates under the now-retired Ontario Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program with a 20 year license. It is Northland’s second wind project in the province under clean energy program.
Grand Bend operates 40 2.3 MW Siemens turbines and is expected to power approximately 30,000 Ontario homes.