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First Nation joint deal for 10 MW wind farm

Vector Wind Energy, based in Ottawa, has signed a memorandum of understanding with M'Chigeeng First Nation to help develop a 10 MW wind farm on Manitoulin Island in Ontario. The project will be developed under the Ontario government's new standard offer contract program, which offers a fixed price of C$0.11/kWh for electricity generated by small scale wind energy projects up to 10 MW is size. "The standing offer facility is expected to create a lot of demand from First Nations and community groups who want to create wind projects and need the development and operational expertise that we can provide," says Brian Barr, president of Vector. "The M'Chigeeng mandate is the third consulting mandate that we have received this year." Vector has 23 projects at various stages of development around Canada, although none are built. In early April, it concluded an agreement with Vision Quest Windelectric to acquire the Calgary company's 20 MW Royal Road Wind Farm development project in Ontario. "Royal Road fits well with our Ontario strategy," says Barr. "It is close to our other projects on Lake Ontario. It is the right size to take advantage of many of the pro-wind initiatives being promoted by the Ontario government which increases the likelihood that the project will be built."

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