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Hermanville/Clearspring Wind Development

Prince Edward Island is a world leader in producing electricity from the wind. 

With the addition of the Hermanville/Clearspring Wind Development, Prince Edward Island province is now generating approximately 30% of its electricity from this clean, renewable resource.

This latest project, which was developed by the PEI Energy Corporation and commissioned in January 2014, came in slightly under its $60 million budget. It is already meeting all expectations, with promises to generate more than 110 million kilowatt-hours of emission-free electricity for Islanders each year. As is the case with the other wind farms operated by the PEI Energy Corporation, the power from the Hermanville/Clearspring Development is being sold to Maritime Electric for use by PEI customers only.

Construction at the site started in April 2013 following stringent environmental and regulatory approvals. The project garnered public support after meetings with landowners and local residents.

In addition to meeting the province's goals for energy price stability and environmental stewardship, the project itself was an economic generator, employing several local firms during the construction phase. This included approximately $20 million in contracts during 2013 for road construction, concrete supply, metal fabrication, carpentry, turbine installation, electrician services, tree cutting and site security.

Following commissioning, this development continues to benefit the community of Hermanville/Clearspring. During the operational phase, approximately $350,000 will be provided each year to nearby landowners and the community at large through royalties and a newly established community development fund. This community development fund will support local businesses (start-up and expansion), economic projects, social projects or community groups in areas such as youth, senior, recreation, arts and culture.

Hermanville/Clearspring was the first North American commissioning of the Acciona AW 116/3000 turbines in a commercial operation. The development runs ten Acciona AW 116/3000 Class turbines, each with a nominal generating capacity of three Megawatts. The hub height of these turbines is 92 meters and they have a rotor diameter of 116 meters.

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