Construction work on the 270 MW K2 wind farm in Ontario is slated to begin in the first quarter of this year. According to project partners Samsung, Pattern Energy and Capital Power, this announcement comes after a ruling by the Environmental Review Tribunal, which dismissed an appeal of K2's renewable energy approval.
‘We conduct a great deal of preparation for our projects, working with the community to build the best project possible – and we're pleased the tribunal agreed with that position,’ comments Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development.
Paul Wendelgass, project lead for Capital Power, adds, ‘This decision enables K2 Wind to invest millions of dollars into the community in the form of property taxes, community benefits, landowner lease payments local contracting and employment."
Specifically, the project partners say over 1,000 workers from across southwestern Ontario will be involved in the manufacturing and assembly of the project's 140 Siemens wind turbines, site construction and operations. Once in operation, they expect K2 Wind to inject between $5 million and $6 million in direct spending into the local economy annually.
The wind farm is scheduled to enter commercial operation in the second half of 2015, at which time the project's output will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority.