Construction begins on Melancthon wind power project
SHELBURNE, ONT-Canadian Hydro Developers has officially begun construction of the Melancthon Grey Wind Project in the townships of Melancthon and Amaranth, near the southern Ontario town of Shelburne. The $120-million wind facility consists of 45 GE wind turbines, each rated at 1.5 megawatts (MW) for a total capacity of 67.5 MW. "Once completed in early 2006, the Melancthon Grey Wind Project will generate enough green power to supply more than 20,000 households each year," said Canadian Hydro CEO John Keating. He added that the 20-year contract from the Ontario government is an essential requirement for building new renewable energy facilities. In addition, the federal government will provide approximately $19.5 million in funding over ten years to the project through the Wind Power Production Initiative (WPPI). To date, WPPI has supported the construction of 14 wind farms in Canada. By the end of the current year, Canada's wind power capacity will have increased to more than 800 MW - more than half of it because of the support provided by the incentive. Over the next 15 years, the federal government plans to invest at least $920 million to promote wind power, increasing its production target to 4,000 MW by 2010. Canadian Hydro is a developer, owner and operator of 17 renewable energy power plants with a combined installed net capacity of 162 MW. Its generation portfolio is based on wind, water and biomass technologies, with facilities in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. This portfolio is unique in Canada as all facilities are certified, or slated for certification, under Environment Canada's EcoLogo program .