GDF SUEZ celebrates opening of 99MW Caribou Wind Park in Canada

Source: GDF SUEZ Energy North America 

More than 150 community leaders, business executives, and government officials joined GDF SUEZ in Bathurst, New Brunswick, to mark the grand opening of the Caribou Wind Park, the largest wind farm in the province. 

The Caribou Wind Park is home to 33 turbines capable of producing 99 MW of electricity--enough to power more than 19,000 households each day. The wind farm is supplying clean, renewable electricity to homes and businesses throughout the province through a 20-year power purchase agreement with New Brunswick Power Distribution and Customer Service Corporation. 

Speaking before the assembled guests at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Member of Parliament Tilly O'Neill-Gordon spoke about the project's partnership with Natural Resources Canada: 

"The Government of Canada's support for the Caribou Wind Park further demonstrates our actions to increase the supply of clean, renewable energy for Canadians," said Ms. O'Neill-Gordon. "Projects like this encourage clean energy innovation and help to create high-quality jobs and a sustainable energy source for Atlantic Canadians." 

"Renewable sources are a cornerstone of our government's approach to energy," said New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham. "We are adding nearly 100 megawatts of wind-generated electricity to our grid today. This is good news for our environment, for the growth of our energy hub, and for our economy." 

Paul Cavicchi, Executive Vice President of GDF SUEZ's Business Development group in North America, added, "We're honored to be able to celebrate this occasion with so many distinguished guests from the community and government, and equally important, with the local contractors who worked so hard with us to complete this magnificent wind facility. We want to thank you for your support. We are proud to be your neighbor. And we look forward to contributing renewable power to the region for many years to come." 

The Caribou Wind Park represents an aggregate investment of $200 million, which includes about $40 million spent in the provincial economy for goods and services. Approximately 240 construction jobs were created during the building of the project, and 12 people are now employed to operate and maintain the completed facility. 

Among its power generation assets, GDF SUEZ Energy North America manages 23 renewable energy facilities powered by wind, biomass, and hydro energy, totaling a capacity of 509 MW in Canada and the United States. These carbon-free and carbon-neutral operations comprise almost one third of the company's total number of North American power generation facilities. The company is currently seeking to develop an additional 500 MW of wind energy generation in Canada and the United States.

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