Samsung and Pattern Energy initiate operations at 149MW wind power project in Ontario, Canada

12 January 2015 (Last Updated January 12th, 2015 18:30)

Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group have finished construction and started commercial operations at the 149MW Grand Renewable Wind facility in Ontario, Canada.

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Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group have finished construction and started commercial operations at the 149MW Grand Renewable Wind facility in Ontario, Canada.

Located in Haldimand County, the facility was developed with assistance from Six Nations of the Grand River.

The clean energy generation plant is equipped with 67 of Siemens 2.3MW turbines.

The facility will be linked with Hydro One Networks’ N5N 230kV transmission line and, once operational, will be able to power around 50,000 households in the Canadian province.

Power generated from the wind power plant will be acquired by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

"Power generated from the wind power plant will be acquired by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) under a 20-year power purchase agreement."

Samsung C&T Canada was the construction contractor for the facility.

Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli said: "Wind provides clean, emission-free electricity for Ontarians while creating thousands of jobs and economic opportunities.

"Collaborative projects like this one will help wind reach 15% of the province’s installed capacity by 2025."

Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said: "The commissioning of the Grand Renewable Wind facility by the end of 2014 brings our number of Ontario facilities to two in operation, two in construction and two in late stage development, totaling 1,269MW to be installed in the province by 2018."


Image: The 149MW Grand Renewable Wind facility features 67 Siemens 2.3MW turbines. Photo: courtesy of dan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.