Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. reports it has commissioned the 23-MW Umbata Falls project in Ontario, built in partnership with the Ojibways of Pic River First Nation.
Innergex announced Jan. 8 that performance tests made at the power plant satisfied Ontario Power Authority requirements. OPA has agreed to purchase the project’s generation for the next 20 years. Umbata Falls is expected annually to generate an average of 109 gigawatt-hours.
Following completion of the performance tests, the official commercial operation date was set retroactively, to Nov. 12, 2008, Innergex said. Construction began in June 2006.
The project is located on the White River, a tributary of Lake Superior, about 30 kilometers southeast of Marathon. It features two 11.8-MW horizontal axis turbines with a combined rated flow of 75 cubic meters per second.
The C$60 million (US$50.8 million) project is owned by Umbata Falls L.P. Begetekong Power Corp., 49 percent of which is owned by Innergex Renewable Energy and 51 percent of which is owned by the Ojibways.
Umbata Falls is certified by EcoLogo and benefits from the federal government’s ecoEnergy for Renewable Power Initiative, which supports renewable energy in Canada. (HNN 9/2/08) The program provides a C$10 (US$8.5) per MWh incentive payment for the first ten years of operation.