In January, 2011, renewable energy developer Pattern Energy and Greg Selinger, the Premier of the Canadian Province of Manitoba, "switched on " the province's largest wind farm. Selinger said the "project builds on Manitoba's position as a leader in renewable energy development." At that time the first group turbines were set in motion.
Just over two months after that ceremony, Pattern Energy has announced  that the St. Joseph Wind farm is now fully operational. The electricity generated by the 138 MW wind farm will be sold to government owned utility Manitoba Hydro through a 27-year power purchase agreement. Located in southern Manitoba the St. Joseph Wind will reduce the province's carbon footprint by an estimated 350,000 tons.
"The success of this project is due to the support and commitment of all those involved, including the Province of Manitoba, Mortenson Canada, local landowners and the great community of St. Joseph," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.
He added. "By working together to harness the steady winds of St. Joseph, we have created jobs, revenue, and a significant source of clean and renewable energy for Manitobans."
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