Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group Inc. have flipped the switch on their 270 MW South Kent project in Ontario, making it the largest wind farm in Ontario and one of the biggest in Canada.
‘South Kent Wind is our first in a series of wind projects in Ontario, and we're proud it has been delivered on time and within budget, despite a very harsh winter,’ comments Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. ‘This project was truly a collaborative effort – a total of 15 banks providing financing for an effort that involved 500 workers constructing 70 kilometers of roads, 124 wind turbines and 283 kilometers of electrical cable.’
"Samsung and our partners are proud to complete this first project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario," adds Ki -Jung Kim, senior vice president of Samsung C&T.
The wind farm has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). According to Samsung and Pattern, South Kent created approximately 500 jobs during construction and 22 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance. RES Canada managed project construction.
The wind farm features 124 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines with blades and towers that were made in Ontario: Siemens' turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg manufactured the blades, and CS Wind's facility in Windsor manufactured the turbine towers.
Samsung and Pattern are also constructing the 150 MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County, Ontario. The companies add that they are making progress on two other Ontario projects: the 180 MW Armow Wind project and the 270 MW K2 Wind project, which began construction in March and is being developed with partner Capital Power. Altogether, these four projects will create 870 MW of renewable energy for the OPA.