Samsung, Pattern sign 20-year PPA for 100 MW Belle River wind project

Lakeshore, Ont.-based wind farm will power up to 35,000 homes.

TORONTO — Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP have signed a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for the 100 megawatt Belle River wind project in Lakeshore, Ont.

The companies will jointly develop, own and operate the project, which will produce enough renewable energy to power 35,000 homes.

It’s the fifth wind project for Samsung in Ontario, part the company’s $5 billion Green Renewable Energy Investment program in the province.

With the addition of the Belle River project, Samsung and Patten will operate a combined 970 megawatts of wind energy, enough to power 350,000 Ontario homes.

Compared to coal-fired generation, the project would conserve enough water to meet the annual freshwater needs of nearly 9,000 Ontarians and avoid more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, the companies say. That’s also the equivalent of taking more than 60,000 cars off the roads, according to emission rates from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and southwestern Ontario per capita water consumption from Environment Canada.

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