Pattern Energy is reporting that the 270 MW K2 Wind Power Facility, located in Ontario, reached commercial operation on May 29.
The wind farm, one of Canada's largest, is owned and operated by several entities, including Capital Power, Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group.
Located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh in southwestern Ontario, K2 Wind is powered by 140 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines and operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator.
While in construction, K2 Wind was one of the largest infrastructure projects in Ontario. During its 18-month construction period, the project averaged over 300 workers on-site. At peak construction, more than 500 workers were employed by the project.
Project components were manufactured in Ontario. The project's 700-turbine tower sections were produced in Windsor by CS Wind, and the 420 blades were built in Tillsonburg by Siemens, directly supporting over 800 manufacturing jobs in Ontario. K2 Wind expects to have approximately 20 full-time operations and maintenance employees, along with an additional 10 seasonal positions.