Prince Township Wind Farm
|Prince Township Wind Farm|
A portion of the Prince Twp. wind farm
|Location||Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario|
|Commission date||September 2006|
|Nameplate capacity||189 MW|
Prince Wind Farm is a large wind farm in northern Ontario. Prince Wind Farm is owned by Brookfield Power Prince Wind LP, a subsidiary of Brookfield Power. It is located north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, mostly within the township of Prince but also extending into Unorganized Algoma (Dennis and Pennefather Townships), however it is visible from as far away as Pancake Bay Provincial Park. Prince I, 99 MW was completed in September 2006, Prince II, 90 MW, in November 2006. The average capacity factor for the first five full years of operation was 27.2%.
Main components of the Prince Wind farm:
- 126 GE SLE 1.5 MW wind turbines
- 90 kilometers of underground collector cables.
- 11.2 kilometers of above ground transmission line
- two electrical substations that step-up the voltage for the grid to 230 kV (Prince 1 TS, Prince 2 TS).
- One Switching Station (Hayden SS), for interconnection into the Great Lake Power Transmission system.
- 50 kilometers of access roads.
- Meteorological towers, used for weather data acquisition. Unlike modern wind farms in Ontario, Prince Wind Farm does not provide met data to the Independent Electricity System Operator(IESO) from its met towers.
- An operations and maintenance building located in west Sault Ste. Marie.
Early development for Prince Wind Farm began in 2000, when Brookfield started the environmental assessment process, wind data collection and lease negotiations. Prince Wind Farm was the first wind farm that Brookfield Renewable Power developed and constructed.
Phase I construction begun in September 2005 and achieved commercial operation on September 21, 2006. Phase II begun in January 2006 and achieved commercial operation on November 19, 2006.
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- "IESO Staff Recommendation to Panel on Exemption Application (General)" (PDF). IESO. IESO. April 22, 2013. Retrieved October 10, 2016.
- Wind Power in Ontario
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