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TransAlta wins C$100 million contract from New Brunswick Power

CANADA: Canada's largest wind energy producer has been awarded a 25-year power purchase contract from New Brunswick Power to more than double the size of an existing project in the province.

TransAlta will be adding 18 more Vestas turbines to its Kent Hills wind farm as a result of the contract
TransAlta will be adding 18 more Vestas turbines to its Kent Hills wind farm as a result of the contract

Calgary’s TransAlta Corporation will expand its 96 MW Kent Hills wind facility to 150 MW by adding 18 more Vestas V90 3 MW turbines to the site.

Construction of the C$100 million addition will start once all regulatory and environmental approvals are in place, with commercial operation expected by the end of the year.

The new contract, which stems from a request for proposals for 100 MW of wind
Power issued by the government-owned utility in June 2009, is a "clear demonstration" of the province’s commitment to capture the environmental and economic benefit of its wind resource and become a key energy supplier to northeastern North America.

"Renewable energy is a cornerstone of our government's energy policy," says  New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham. "This fact will remain as we continue to grow our energy hub."

The new wind capacity will also bring New Brunswick one step closer to its goal of having 400 MW of wind on line by the end of the year. It now has 195 MW up and operating and another 168 MW with signed power purchase agreements.

The Kent Hill expansion will take TransAlta’s installed wind capacity over the 1 GW mark, making it the first Canadian power producer to reach that milestone.

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