San Francisco, Calif., April 5, 2011 — Pattern Energy Group LP announced its St. Joseph Wind project — the largest wind farm in Manitoba — has completed construction and is now fully operational.
The 138 MW wind energy project, which is located in the southern Manitoba community of St. Joseph, can produce enough renewable power every year to serve the needs of 50,000 homes in the Manitoba area.
The St. Joseph Wind farm will generate revenue for the local area. Over the life of the project, Pattern will pay an estimated $38 million to landholders and an additional $44 million in local municipal taxes, with two-thirds of the tax revenue dedicated to education and one-third committed to the host communities.
In January, the first group of turbines was set in motion by Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger. Now fully operational, the wind farm will contribute to a regional reduction of more than 350,000 tons of greenhouse gases. Prior to completion, Pattern and Manitoba Hydro entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the sale of energy produced by the project.