GDF Suez completes New Brunswick wind farm

NEW BRUNSWICK - The North American branch of French energy giant GDF Suez finished building its Caribou Wind Park, the largest in the province of New Brunswick.

GDF Suez announced it completed construction and secured a 20-year purchase agreement with New Brunswick Power for the Caribou Wind Park.

The Caribou project will produce 99 megawatts of energy for New Brunswick Power, which would supply energy for as many as 30,000 homes. That accounts for roughly 2 percent of the yearly demand in the province, GDF Suez said.

"New Brunswick Power is focused on minimizing its environmental footprint through a number of initiatives such as diversifying our renewable portfolio," said David Hay, the utility's president and chief executive officer.

Caribou brings the renewable energy portfolio for GDF Suez in North America to more than 500 megawatts. At least 40 percent of that capacity comes from wind power.

GDF Suez has 23 renewable wind, hydro and biomass facilities in North America — two of those are among the largest wind farms in eastern Canada.


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