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June 20, 2014
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“Open House” officially launches Hermanville/Clearspring wind development
Finance and Energy
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The Hermanville/Clearspring wind development is up, running and meeting all expectations, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.
“We are proud that our province continues to develop its reputation as a world leader in producing electricity from the wind,” said Minister Sheridan at an Open House to officially launch the project. “With the addition of this latest development, Prince Edward Island is now generating approximately 30% of its electricity from this clean, renewable resource.”
The Hermanville/Clearspring wind development came in slightly under its original $60 million budget when it was commissioned in January and will generate more than 110 million kilowatt-hours of emission-free electricity for Islanders each year. As is the case with the other wind projects operated by the PEI Energy Corporation, the power from the Hermanville/Clearspring Development is being sold to Maritime Electric for use by Prince Edward Island customers only.
“This development was an economic generator during the construction phase, employing several local firms through approximately $20 million in contracts,” said Minister Sheridan. “Now that it’s complete, it will continue to benefit the Hermanville/Clearspring area with approximately $350,000 provided each year through payments to nearby landowners and a development trust for the community at large.”
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.
For more information on the Hermanville/Clearspring wind development, please visit www.gov.pe.ca/energy/hermanville.