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Newton, Mass.-based UPC Wind and its partner, Patterson, N.Y.-based BQ Energy, have announced the start of full commercial operation at the 20 MW Steel Winds Wind Farm, which is located on a 30-acre portion of the former Bethlehem Steel facility near Buffalo, N.Y.

According to the companies, Steel Winds will generate enough electricity to serve the needs of approximately 6,000 western New York homes. The project will be operated by UPC Wind, with turbine operation and maintenance services provided by Clipper Windpower for the first five years.

"Reaching full commercial operations and redeveloping a neglected brownfield site are both significant achievements for the Steel Winds project," says Paul Curran, managing director of BQ Energy. "With the continued support from state and county leaders, we look forward to providing New York State with clean and affordable energy."

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