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Composite blade wind turbine project on Lake Ontario gets green light

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. has signed an agreement with Siemens Canada Limited to supply up to 130 turbines for its 300 mega watt offshore wind power project on Lake Ontario, the first of its kind in Canada.


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January 6, 2012 by Canadian Plastics

Windstream Wolfe Island Shoals Inc. has signed an agreement with Siemens Canada Limited to supply up to 130 turbines for its 300 mega watt offshore wind power project on Lake Ontario, the first of its kind in Canada.

Siemens will manufacture the turbine blades at its renewable energy plant in Tillsonburg, Ont. The blade rotors are constructed from fiberglass that’s injected with epoxy resin and baked, resulting in a fibre-reinforced plastic composite.

The Lake Ontario project is expected create more than 1,900 jobs for the first five years of development and 175 jobs after construction.

Windstream’s parent company, Windstream Energy Inc., is an Ontario-based developer of commercial wind power. The company holds the only offshore wind power Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contract in Ontario, which was awarded in May 2010 by the Ontario Power Authority.

The project is planned to be located from five to sixteen kilometres off the southwest shore of Wolfe Island, in eastern Lake Ontario.