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Canada's Kruger Energy celebrated the official opening of the Port Alma wind farm in Chatham-Kent, Ontario. All 44 wind turbines at the Kruger Energy Port Alma Wind Farm are now operational. This 101.2 MW project, located on the north shore of Lake Erie, is expected to generate over 300 GWh of power per year.

"Renewable energy projects like this help ensure a cleaner, greener and stronger future for Ontario families and our world," says Premier Dalton McGuinty. "The wind power project will receive up to $31 million in funding, over 10 years, under the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. This $0.01 per kWh ecoENERGY incentive will help to ensure that clean electricity generated at the site can be delivered to Ontario consumers at competitive prices."

In November 2005, Kruger Energy was selected by Ontario's Ministry of Energy as part of the renewable energy request for proposals, to develop the Port Alma Wind Power Project. Under the terms of the contract, Kruger Energy will sell renewable energy to the Ontario Power Authority for a period of 20 years.

Siemens supplied 44 of its 2.3 MW wind turbines for the wind project. The wind turbine blades were manufactured at the Siemens wind power facility in Aalborg, Denmark, and the nacelles and towers were sourced from Denmark and China. In addition to the wind turbine supply, Siemens also provided tower installation and commissioning services, and will supply maintenance and service for the next two years.

SOURCE: Kruger Inc., Siemens

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