Wind energy project signs power purchase agreement

Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC) signed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Manitoba Hydro for electricity from a 16.5 MW expansion at the St. Leon wind energy farm. The project is expected to cost $29.5 million (US$31.1 million).

The expansion will use 10 Vestas V82-1.65 MW wind turbines, which have been manufactured and are awaiting shipment to the site from a U.S. storage location.

Construction is expected to begin in third quarter 2011 and commissioning is scheduled for 2012.

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