NextEra Canada brings online 23-MW wind project in Ontario

NextEra Energy Canada affiliate Conestogo Wind, LP, has commissioned a nearly 23 MW wind project in Wellington County, Ontario.

NextEra Energy Canada, an affiliate of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) announced Dec. 21 that construction is complete and operation has started at Conestogo.

The project is comprised of 10 Siemens wind turbines and is capable of generating enough power for approximately 5,700 homes in an average year. All of the power from the project is being sold to the Ontario Power Authority under the Feed-In-Tariff program.

The Conestogo Wind Energy Center is the first of eight wind projects NextEra Energy Canada plans to bring into service by the end of 2015 in Ontario. Combined, NextEra Energy Canada’s eight Ontario wind projects represent a capital investment in the province of approximately C $1.5bn.

Development of the project began in 2006, according to a NextEra webpage. The turbines are located on privately-owned farmland.

 In addition to the Conestogo, affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada own and operate the 20-MW Moore Solar Project and the 20-MW Sombra Solar Project both located in Lambton County, Ontario. Outside of Ontario, affiliates of NextEra Energy Canada own and operate the 81-MW Ghost Pine Wind Center in Alberta; the 30-MW Pubnico Point Wind Energy Center in Nova Scotia; and the 54-MW Mount Miller and 54-MW Mount Copper Wind Centers in Quebec .


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