200 MW Golden South project breaks ground in Saskatchewan
At a groundbreaking ceremony August 19, Potentia Renewables's CEO Jeff Jenner announced plans for the 200-megawatt Golden South Wind Project located in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan featuring Goldwind 4 MW permanent magnet direct-drive turbines.
Golden South is expected to generate approximately 900,000 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, eliminating over 500,000 tonnes of carbon from the electricity grid.
The Golden South Wind Project will utilize 50 of Goldwind's latest wind turbine series, the 4S megawatt platform, which feature a scalable rated capacity from 4.2 to 4.5 megawatts, and 136 and 155-meter rotor diameters. Under the terms of the deal with Potentia Renewables, Goldwind also entered into an agreement to provide the project with long-term maintenance services and a comprehensive warranty package.
The project is expected to be commercially operational by the end of 2020.
Jeff Jenner, Chief Executive Officer of Potentia Renewables Inc., said “The direct-drive 4-megawatt turbines combined with the strong Saskatchewan winds and our simple interconnection enables Potentia to set a world record low price for long term wind energy contracts. This project provides SaskPower with the lowest cost renewable energy in Canada for 25 years.”
With assets in North America and the Caribbean, Potentia was recently awarded four large contracted wind assets in Western Canada. The says its construction plans for these sites represent more than 625 MW of wind power to come online over the next two years, of which Golden South will be the first to come online. In addition, Potentia claims to be the largest rooftop solar company in Canada, currently operating more than 700 installations, representing close to 200 MW.