Siemens Energy announced a wind turbine and service order in Canada. Along with the South Kent Wind Farm in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, the 270-MW K2 Wind Ontario (K2 Wind) Project will be among the largest wind power plants in Canada, according to Siemens.
It is located in Goderich in southwestern Ontario and will feature 140 units of the Siemens SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines. The project owners are Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Capital Power LP and Pattern Energy Group LP. The transaction includes a long-term service and maintenance agreement, ensuring the reliability, availability and performance of the turbines.
K2 Wind will generate clean power for 100,000 Ontario homes with commercial operation expected in mid-2015. The blades for the project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Towers for the project will also be produced locally in Canada. The nacelles will be assembled at Siemens’ U.S. factory in Hutchinson, Kansas.
According to figures provided by CanWEA, the Canadian wind energy market is growing at a rapid rate and Canada is now the ninth largest producer of wind energy in the world with current installed capacity at roughly 7,800 MW. Siemens Energy is contributing to this growth and holds a leading position in the Ontario market with over 1 GW of installed capacity.