Cleveland, May 9, 2011 — Cleveland-based firm will begin construction on the 20-MW wind project in 2012, with the goal of spurring a turbine manufacturing industry in its home city
Cleveland-based Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. expects to start construction on a 20-MW, $100 million pilot project by next year and aims to have the turbines operational by late 2013.
Freshwater Wind — a developer formed by Bechtel Development Co., Cavallo Great Lakes Ohio Wind and Great Lakes Wind Energy — could reach a power purchase agreement with utilities within a month. Energy from the project could supply around 16,000 homes with electricity.
LEEDCo hopes the demonstration can jump-start a freshwater wind industry across the eight states and two Canadian provinces surrounding the five lakes — all while steering wind turbine manufacturing to Ohio's existing component and construction materials industries.