Made-In-Ontario Wind Project Also Features First Nation Ownership Stake

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Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group report that the 149 MW Grand Renewable wind farm, located in Haldimand County, Ontario, has achieved commercial operation.

According to Samsung and Pattern, the project is powered by 67 Ontario-made wind turbines: Siemens' facility in Tillsonburg is manufacturing blades for the project, and CS Wind's plant in Windsor used Ontario-sourced steel to manufacture the towers. The Ontario Power Authority has agreed to purchase the project's output over 20 years.

Additionally, the deal also features an equity partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River, wherein the First Nations will own 10% of the project. Samsung and Pattern have also announced a $400,000 donation to the Grand River Post-Secondary Education Office, which will increase opportunities for Six Nations students.

The participants note that the Grand Renewable Wind project had more than 500 workers on-site during peak construction and created 12 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance. Workers from Ontario comprised more than 98% of the workforce. They were involved in every aspect of the project – from manufacture and assembly of the wind turbine components to site construction, installation work and project operations, the partners note.

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