Niagara Region Wind Corporation selects turbine manufacturer; ENERCON will bring turbine manufacturing to Niagara Region
ST. CATHARINE'S, ON, Sept. 27, 2011
ST. CATHARINE'S, ON, Sept. 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Niagara Region Wind
Corporation has selected ENERCON to supply and maintain 230 MW of wind
turbines for its Niagara Region Wind Power Project. A key component of
this agreement is ENERCON's commitment to build a manufacturing
facility in the Niagara Region.
The two companies have signed a contract wherein ENERCON will supply and
maintain 77 3.0 MW wind turbines (model E-101, 3.0MW) for the project.
This contract will allow NRWC to fulfill its domestic content
requirements, as required by the Ontario Power Authority.
The Niagara Region Wind Corporation received a Feed-in-Tariff contract
in February 2011 for its 230 MW proposed project in Pelham, West
Lincoln and Wainfleet in Niagara Region, as well as part of Haldimand
To meet the demands of this order and to be available to service other
Ontario demands, ENERCON will open a converter and control panel
factory in the Niagara Region, servicing both the wind and solar
industries. Due to the high demand of ENERCON wind turbines a concrete
tower manufacturing site will also be established in the Region.
"Niagara Region Wind Corporation has selected ENERCON because of its
strong technical experience, innovative technology, and trusted track
record of success in renewable energy. ENERCON's decision to locate a
manufacturing facility demonstrates our collective commitment to the
Niagara community," stated Robert Daniels, Principal, Niagara Region
"The Niagara area offers a strategic location for the logistics and
supply chain of various components for our projects in Ontario and
across Canada," said ENERCON Canada's Executive Vice President Michael
Weidemann. "The factory would be the first of its kind in the North
American market and for ENERCON outside of its home market of Germany,"
"This renewable energy manufacturing project will bring a significant
number of high value jobs to Niagara at a time when our economy is in
recovery", said Regional Chair Gary Burroughs. "Today's announcement of
ENERCON locating in Niagara will provide a significant economic boost,
while strengthening Niagara's position as a leader in renewable energy
in North America".
"The Niagara Economic Development Corporation (NEDC) has been working
with both the Niagara Region Wind Corporation and ENERCON for the past
two years and is delighted with this announcement. We look forward to
continuing to work closely with ENERCON to assist them in establishing
their manufacturing facility", said Alan Teichroeb, Acting CEO, NEDC.
"This is good news for Niagara in terms of both the direct jobs that
will be created and also additional jobs that will be created through
supply chain opportunities".