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Windstream signs turbine deal with Siemens

The Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals offshore wind project comes closer to fruition with new wind turbine agreement


January 5, 2012
by CanadianManufacturing.com Staff

BURLINGTON, Ont.—Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. has signed an agreement with Siemens Canada Ltd. to supply up to 130 turbines for its 300 mega watt offshore wind power project on Lake Ontario.

Siemens will manufacture the turbine blades at its renewable energy plant in Tillsonburg, Ont.

Windstream holds the only offshore wind power Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contract in Ontario, which was awarded by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in May 2010. The project will sit off the southwest shore of Wolfe Island, in eastern Lake Ontario.

By using Siemens turbine blades, Windstream has guaranteed the Wolfe Island project will provide more than 50 per cent Ontario content. It will also create more than 1,900 jobs in its first five years of development, retaining about 175 of those once construction is complete.