• In partnership with GE Energy Financial Services, Plutonic Power has purchased a 50MW portfolio from First Solar, located in Ontario, consisting of a 10MW project in Amherstburg and two 20MW projects in Belmont and Walpole. First Solar will continue to develop the projects, and the output will be sold under 20‐year purchase agreements with the Ontario Power Authority. Permitting for the projects is underway and expected to be completed in spring with construction to begin by midyear.  
  • Pattern Energy has begun commercial operation of the first batch of turbines at its 138 MW St. Joseph project. The wind farm is the largest in Manitoba and consists of 60 2.3MW turbines supplied by Siemens. Work continues on the balance of the turbines, which are expected to be fully operational within a month. Pattern Energy has negotiated a 27‐year power purchase agreement with Manitoba Hydro, the province’s main electric and gas distribution utility.  
  • Marubeni, a major Japanese trading company, has entered the Ontario wind energy market with the acquisition of a 49% ownership stake in Invenergy’s 78MW Raleigh Wind Energy Center, currently under construction. The next 20 years of output from the Raleigh project’s 52 General Electric 1.5MW turbines is contracted to the Ontario Power Authority under the province’s feed‐in tariff program. Commercial operation is expected to begin within weeks.  
  • REpower has finalized the first contract within its 954MW framework agreement with Saint‐Laurent Energies Consortium, owned jointly by RES Canada and EDF Energies Nouvelles, and will deliver 150 turbines to the 300MW Lac Alfred project 400km northwest of Quebec City. The Lac Alfred project is being developed by the consortium and will be built in two phases, estimated to be completed by the end of 2012 and 2013, respectively.