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EDF puts Canada plans in play

C$300m project will take up 10,000 acres of land

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EDF EN Canada is developing a 100MW wind farm in southeast Ontario in anticipation of the province’s 565MW large renewable procurement program.

The early-stage St. Isidore project comprises more than 10,000 acres of privately owned land in the Nation Municipality, about 75km east of Ottawa. EDF proposes to erect 30 to 40 turbines. The preferred connection point to the provincial transmission grid is within the project area.

The Independent Electricity System Operator seeks 300MW of wind power, 140MW of solar, 75MW of hydro and 50MW of bioenergy. Bids are due by 1 September.

The IESO is expected to select the winners and award 20-year power purchase agreements in December or January.

The developer estimates total investment would be C$250m to C$300m of which C$30m to C$40m would be spent locally.

EDF won municipal support for the project in 2014, a key advantage that boosts the chance of winning a contract. Members of the town council have since changed however and this month they voted 3-1 to declare itself ‘not a willing host’ to wind projects. The initial resolution of support remains valid and EDF may use it in its bid, said town clerk Mary McCuaig.

If it lands a power purchase agreement, the developer expects to break ground on St Isidore in 2018. Construction would create about 250 jobs.

Image: EDF EN's 80MW Saint-Robert-Bellarmin Wind project in Quebec. (Business Wire)

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