The wind farm, jointly developed by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group, will employ about 200 workers on-site at the peak of construction activity and create about 10 permanent jobs once operational.
According to Pattern, the wind turbines for the project have not yet been ordered. Just the same, the company has used Siemens turbines for each of its Ontario wind projects.
According to the firms, construction of the project is expected to begin by the end of 2016, and it is expected to reach completion at the end of 2017. Local contractors will be used during construction and operations, including Entegrus Inc., which will obtain maintenance contracts for the life of the project.
‘North Kent Wind is the sixth wind project of our $5 billion Green Energy Investment agreement here in Ontario,’ says Steve Cho, vice president of Samsung C&T Corp. ‘Samsung is dedicated to delivering meaningful benefits to communities where we are building clean, renewable energy projects.’
Samsung and Pattern, will provide $4 million to the municipality of Chatham-Kent as a community benefit contribution to be used at the discretion of municipal council.
In addition, the project will generate approximately C$5 million in tax revenue over 20 years. The municipality also has the option to purchase a 15% equity interest in the project, which will provide recurring incremental revenue to fund priority projects in the municipality.