Crews break ground at Cedar Point
100MW Ontario wind farm will feature Siemens 2.3MW turbines
Crews have broken ground at the 100MW Cedar Point wind project in south-western Ontario, a 50-50 joint venture by Suncor and NextEra Energy Canada.
Civil work is underway on access roads, foundations and transmission poles, Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher told reNEWS. Work has also started on the collection system.
“We anticipate that turbine erection will begin in early summer,” said Fisher.
AMEC is in charge of construction management while Borea Construction and its subcontractors will install the turbines. Siemens is supplying 46 SWT-113-2.3MW direct drive machines with blades and towers produced in Ontario.
The project, located about 40km north-east of Sarnia, includes a 15km, 115kV cable that will tie into the provincial electrical grid via the substation for NextEra's 149MW Jericho wind farm.
In the meantime, the feed-in tariff project faces a legal challenge. Opponents have filed an appeal of a recent Environmental Review Tribunal decision to uphold Ontario's environmental approval for Cedar Point. Court dates have yet to be scheduled.
Despite the legal wrangling, Suncor expects to commission Cedar Point by year-end. The project holds a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electric System Operator.
Once operational Alberta-based Suncor will handle community engagement and NextEra will provide operations and maintenance services.
Image: Siemens is supplying turbines to Cedar Point (Siemens)