Enercon, a German wind turbine manufacturer, expects to open an Ontario factory in 2013 for the production of pre‐cast concrete segments for wind turbine towers. The Enercon facility in the district of Niagara, Ontario, reflects the German company's recent success in Canada. Enercon will supply contracts for almost 1.25GW of turbines to Quebec over the next five years. Enercon was also chosen by Niagara Region Wind to provide 773MW turbines for a project in Ontario. Their turbines and projects have previously been installed in Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia and Nova Scotia. As of June 1, 2012, Enercon had installed 336 turbines totalling 744MW capacity in Canada. Enercon is the fourth largest wind turbine manufacturer in the world.
FWS, a company specializing in design‐build concrete structures, will build a wind turbine at the Kaizer Meadow Environment Management Centre, 20 km north of Chester, Nova Scotia this year. The turbines will be 120 meters above the ground, more than 20 meters higher than most turbines. The higher turbine is expected to generate increased electricity output. The wind turbine is expected to provide electricity to more than 550 homes by 2014. The Feed ‐in‐Tariff program, a Nova Scotia government incentive, encourages community owned renewable energy projects, and has made Nova Scotia an attractive place for FWS to do business. It is expected that $3.6 million of the anticipated $5 million project cost will be covered by federal grant.
Vestas, the Danish manufacturer of wind turbines, has signed several agreements with International Power Canada, a renewable power developer, for the service of wind farms in Canada. The service agreements include 335MW at currently operating wind farms in New Brunswick, Ontario and Prince Edward Island. By the end of 2012, Vestas will complete four new wind power plants in Canada totalling 338MW. Six additional Canadian projects using Vestas turbines with a combined 419MW will be constructed in 2013. With more than 50GW of installed capacity worldwide, Vestas is considered a global leader in wind energy, supplying more wind turbines in 71 countries. Vestas currently has enough capacity for wind energy in Canada to power 600,000 homes.