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Canadian Hydro Developers Inc.'s 197.8 MW Wolfe Island EcoPower Centre has achieved commercial operation. The second-largest wind facility of its kind in Canada, the Wolfe Island EcoPower Centre was completed on schedule, with a total anticipated capital cost of approximately C$478 million.

"We're proud of our proven track record of identifying good renewable energy prospects, working with community stakeholders and building sustainable operations that will serve Ontarians for generations," says Kent Brown, executive vice president and chief financial officer for Canadian Hydro. "Together, the Wolfe Island and Melancthon EcoPower Centres double the size of Canadian Hydro - a milestone we're exceptionally proud of."

The Wolfe Island EcoPower Centre, located near Kingston, Ontario, is expected to generate approximately 594 GWh of renewable energy annually. Wolfe Island has a 20-year renewable energy supply contract with the Ontario Power Authority for the purchase of electricity and renewable energy certificates.

In addition, the facility will also receive C$10 per MWh for 10 years under the federal ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program. Wolfe Island's commercial operation officially pushes Ontario past the 1,000 MW installed threshold of new renewable energy brought online since October 2003. Approximately 40% of this generation is provided by Canadian Hydro.

SOURCE: Canadian Hydro Developers Inc.

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