Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group have completed the construction of the South Kent wind energy project in Ontario, Canada.
The 270MW project, claimed to be the country’s largest, was delivered on schedule and within budget, despite harsh weather conditions.
Located in the municipality of Chatham-Kent in southern Ontario, the project is now operational and generates clean electricity, which is enough to power approximately 100,000 Ontario homes yearly.
The South Kent wind project is equipped with 124 Siemens 2.3MW wind turbines.
Siemens’ turbine blade factory in Tillsonburg has manufactured the blades, while CS Wind’s facility in Windsor produced the turbine towers.
Pattern Energy said that the project also features TowerTEX’s TowerSHADE, which is used to mitigate the impact of night lights required by aviation regulations.
Construction at the project was started in early 2013, while it created approximately 500 jobs and 22 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance.
The construction operations were managed by RES Canada.
Electricity generated by the project will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority, under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said the project was truly a collaborative effort – a total of 15 banks providing financing for an effort that involved 500 workers constructing 70km of roads, 124 wind turbines and 283km of electrical cable.
Garland said, "We’re proud this project will now be providing real benefits to the local economy, including more than $7m in direct spending each year."
Samsung C&T senior vice-president Ki -Jung Kim said, "Samsung and our partners are proud to complete this first project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario.
"This project is now producing hundreds of megawatts of clean energy, and has created thousands of high-skilled jobs and millions of dollars in community investment, all of which are benefiting real people in Chatham Kent and across the province."
Samsung and Pattern Energy are also developing the150MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand county, Ontario.
Image: South Kent wind project in Ontario becomes operational. Photo: courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.