Wind Wednesday – Ontario and Quebec activate wind projects that will have lasting effect on future builds

The Wind Turbines around Chatham Ontario are up and running!

CHATHAM-KENT, OntarioApril 9, 2018 – Earlier this week, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development)  announced that North Kent Wind, a 100 megawatt (MW) wind power facility located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario, has completed construction and is fully operational. 

“Samsung is proud to complete its sixth wind project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario,” said Eskay Lee, Vice President, Samsung C&T. “Samsung and its partners have created jobs and invested in the community, benefiting real people in Chatham-Kent and across the province.”

“North Kent Wind was built entirely by Ontario workers and is generating substantial economic benefits in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent by injecting more than $40 million in direct spending into the local economy over the next 20 years.” he concluded.

North Kent Wind is utilizing 34 Siemens Gamesa 3.2 MW wind turbines with towers and blades that were made in Ontario.

The facility has approximately ten permanent employees for ongoing operations and maintenance, in addition to utilizing a number of local contractors.

Good news Ontario wind turbines, and First Nations groups!

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent also holds a 15% equity interest in North Kent Wind through its affiliate Entegrus Renewable Energy Inc. Bkejwanong First Nation, also known as Walpole Island First Nation, also holds a 15% equity interest in North Kent Wind.

The 100 MW North Kent Wind facility is expected to generate enough clean energy to meet the electricity needs of approximately 35,000 Ontario homes annually, based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario. The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

A good week for Wind Turbines as Mont Sainte-Marguerite is complete too!

SAN FRANCISCOApril 11, 2018 /CNW/ — Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) today announced the completion of its 147 megawatt (MW) Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind power facility. Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind is located approximately 50 kilometers south of Québec City, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

“The successful completion of our first project in Québec brings our total operational capacity in Canada to 1,533 MW, making Pattern the largest wind power producer in the country with nine facilities across four provinces,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development.

The Mont Sainte-Marguerite Wind facility is utilizing 46 Siemens Gamesa innovative 3.2 MW direct drive wind turbines with components made in Canada, including the turbine hubs and towers, which were built in Québec, leveraging the highly-skilled labor force and manufacturing facilities in the province. The turbine hubs were provided by Québec-based Group FabDelta. The turbine blades were manufactured in Ontario and the towers were manufactured by Marmen at the company’s facility in Matane, Québec.

As disputes over Canada’s energy future seems to change day-by-day, and protests FOR pipeline seem to begin to outnumber those AGAINST, it’s nice to see that a BALANCE of mixed energy can occur within the country, without getting the RCMP involved.

That’s your Wind Wednesday.

Cheers!

Kelly Hall

 

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