Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, October 4, 2011 — GE's advanced 2.5-100 wind turbine technology is now powering Suncor Energy's Kent Breeze Wind Project, a 20-MW wind farm located west of Thamesville, Ontario. The project is the first wind power facility to receive a Renewable Energy Approval under the province's Green Energy Act.
The Kent Breeze project marks Suncor's first use of GE's 2.5-100 wind turbines. The 2.5-100 is designed to maximize the energy yield per machine. GE's multi-megawatt turbine was introduced for the North American market last year. The Kent Breeze project also is under a two-year operations and maintenance contract with GE.
Kent Breeze precedes Suncor's Wintering Hills project in Alberta, Canada, which also will use GE wind turbine technology. Suncor is part owner of two other projects in Alberta that feature GE equipment, ChinChute and Magrath. Beyond the wind business, GE has partnered with Suncor on multiple power generation and water equipment for projects in western Canada's oil sands.
Ontario's commitment to a greener energy supply has motivated the province to add new sources of renewable energy. Since 2003, Ontario has increased its online wind capacity from 15 MW to more than 1,200 MW and now ranks as Canada's top province in wind power. With this increased use of renewable energy, Ontario has set a goal to phase out all of its coal-fired power generation by 2014.