Longyuan secures approval for Canadian wind farm

CANADA: The Ontario Power Authority has granted Longyuan approval to build the 100MW Dufferin wind farm, the developer's first wind project outside of China.

Longyuan said it would start construction in early August, with the aim of bringing the project online in the first quarter of 2014.

The project is set to use 31 of GE's 1.6-100 machines and 18 of its 2.75-103 model. They will be shipped to the site in 2013, with commercial operation expected in 2014.

Longyuan acquired the right to develop the wind farm from Farm Owned Power (Melancthon) in 2011 for CNY 1.6 billion ($260 million). At the time, the deal was the first overseas wind-power project to be owned by one of China's state-owned power companies.

According to Ontario local government requirements, Longyuan Power has to complete a series of approval procedures before going ahead with the renewable energy project on a feed-in tariff contract basis. It takes two to four years to pass the regional environment assessment.

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