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New Ontario wind farms hope to blow away expectations

Two Canadian green energy firms, Bullfrog Power and Boralex, are investing heavily in Southwestern Ontario wind farms

January 31, 2017  by Cleantech Canada Staff

The Gunn’s Hill and Port Ryerse Wind Farms will keep the lights on for thousands in Southwestern Ontario PHOTO: Ernesto Andrade, via Wikimedia Commons

TORONTO—Two wind farm projects in rural Ontario are set to power thousands of homes.

Community Collaboration

Bullfrog Power, a Toronto-based renewable energy provider, and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative (OCEC) announced the commissioning of Ontario’s first community-owned wind farm on Jan. 26.

The 18 megawatt (MW) Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm consists of 10 turbines in Oxford County, located between London and Kitchener-Waterloo.

The project’s success involved the collaboration of OCEC, Oxford County, and the Six Nations of the Grand River. Organizations involved include developer Prowind Canada Inc. and Bullfrog Power, which first announced its support in 2014.

“Bullfrog Power’s early partnership with the co-operative was an important show of support that contributed to its success,” said Helmut Schneider, president of Prowind Canada Inc. and former CEO of OCEC. “Today, the Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm provides an opportunity for community members to directly benefit from new renewable energy generation in their area.”

The Gunn’s Hill Wind Farm is now generating enough clean electricity to power more than 6,000 homes in Oxford County.

In September 2015, Oxford County adopted a sustainability plan to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy by 2050.

“Wind power plays a significant role in generating the renewably-powered future we want to achieve, which is why we’re proud to be supporting Ontario’s first community-owned wind farm,” said Ron Seftel, CEO, Bullfrog Power.

Bullfrog Power has supported more than 70 green energy projects across Canada.

A Significant Investment

Boralex inc., a Canadian firm that builds and operates renewable energy facilities in North America and Europe, announced the commercial operation of the Port Ryerse Wind Farm on Jan. 30.

The farm is located on privately-owned lands east of the hamlet of Port Ryerse in Norfolk County, Ontario, near Brantford.

Representing an investment of slightly over $37 million, the project includes four turbines, with an installed capacity of 10 MW, and is endowed with a 20-year power purchase agreement with Independent Electricity System Operator, a Crown corporation responsible for operating the electricity market in Ontario.

“After the recent acquisition and commissioning of a 230 MW wind farm project in Ontario, Port Ryerse Wind Farm is another great achievement that strengthens our position on the Ontarian market, bringing us closer to our goal to reach 2,000 MW by 2020,” said Patrick Lemaire, president and CEO of Boralex.

The Port Ryerse Wind Farm will supply electricity to nearly 1,965 people every year during its operation period, while avoiding 12,200 tons of CO² emissions.