Samsung, Pattern Energy South Kent wind power project in Canada

Siemens’ turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg manufactured the blades and CS Wind’s facility in Windsor manufactured the turbine towers, using Ontario-made steel

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Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group Inc. said its South Kent wind energy project has completed construction and is fully operational.

The 270 MW South Kent Wind project has the capacity to produce clean renewable energy for about 100,000 Ontario homes each year.

South Kent Wind is using 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, using Ontario-made steel.

The construction project involved 500 workers, 124 wind turbines and 283 kilometers of electrical cable.

South Kent Wind created about 500 jobs during construction and 22 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance.

RES Canada managed construction of the project.

The South Kent Wind project features some of the most advanced wind technology, including TowerTEX’s TowerSHADE, which is used to mitigate the impact of night lights required by aviation regulations. The tower shades completely eliminate light visibility from below the turbine out to 1.5 km, while allowing the light to be seen from above by aircraft.

South Kent Wind helps Ontario achieve its clean energy goals and allows the Province to continue moving away from its dependence on coal energy production. Compared to coal-fired generation, South Kent Wind will offset approximately 842,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of taking nearly 148,500 cars off the roads, and conserve enough water to meet the needs of about 23,600 Ontarians. The South Kent Wind project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).

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