Project will generate clean energy for up to 100,000 homes annually.
June 9, 2015
by PLANT Staff
GODERICH, Ont. — The 270 megawatt K2 Wind Power facility has started commercial operation after nearly 18 months of construction.
One of Canada’s largest wind projects, thefacility is owned and operated by Capital Power Corporation (TSX: CPX) and Capital Power LP, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., and Pattern Energy Group.
Pattern Energy Group Inc. has agreed to acquire one third of the project from its affiliate Pattern Energy Group LP.
K2 Wind is equal in size to the largest wind power facility in Ontario, and will generate clean energy for up to 100,000 Ontario homes annually. It is comprised of 140 Siemens 2.3 megawatt wind turbines and operates under a 20-year PPA with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
During its 18-month construction period, the project averaged over 300 workers on site. At peak construction, more than 500 workers were employed by the project.
Project components were manufactured in Ontario. The project’s 700 turbine tower sections were produced in Windsor by CS Wind and the 420 blades were built in Tillsonburg by Siemens, directly supporting over 800 manufacturing jobs.
K2 Wind expects to have approximately 20 full-time operations and maintenance employees, along with an additional 10 seasonal positions.
K2 has also created a Community Benefits Fund Agreement with the Township of ACW to deliver approximately $15 million in funding for community initiatives over the next 20 years and to support local residents living near the facility through lease agreements and other benefits.