Gamesa turbines from Pa. plant headed for Canada
The first Canadian project for wind turbine producer Gamesa Technology Corp. will result in the export of U.S.-assembled turbines.
The 10-MW Gesner Wind Farm in Highgate, Ontario, located near the northern shore of Lake Erie between Chatham-Kent and London, will comprise five Gamesa G97 2.0-MW turbines. The turbines’ nacelles will be assembled in Gamesa’s Fairless Hills, Pa., plant.
Preliminary planning for the wind farm, which is being developed by Saturn Power, is under way and construction is set to begin in the summer. The facility is scheduled to be fully operational by the end of the year.
Gamesa introduced the G97 2.0-MW turbine in 2011 and already has secured contracts for 356 MW, all in the second half of the year. The turbine is designed for low-wind sites and features a new aerodynamic blade tip, among other features, enabling the company to enter new markets, including Canada.
“This is a new milestone for Gamesa,” said David Takash, vice president of sales for Gamesa North America. “The Canadian wind market offers abundant opportunities, and Gamesa has the advanced technology products to bring this clean energy to market in a cost-effective way to benefit local consumers.”