Blades and towers made in Ontario, up to 500 new construction jobs.
Construction begins on South Kent wind project.
MONTREAL — Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) has started construction on the 270 megawatt South Kent Wind project in Chatham-Kent, Ont.
RES Canada, based in Montreal, is the general contractor and project manager of the project developed by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP.
The wind project will include components of 124 Siemens 2.3 megawatt turbines manufactured in Ontario, including towers from facilities in Windsor, and blades from Tillsonburg and result in up to 500 construction jobs.
When it is operational, the wind farm will power more than 100,000 Ontario homes.
South Kent Wind represents an investment of approximately $700 million in Ontario’s renewable energy infrastructure by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group, part of Samsung’s $7 billion investment in renewable energy projects in the province.
Samsung Renewable Energy, one of the South Korean electronics and industrial giant’s many companies, is building and operating the wind and solar power cluster in Ontario.
Samsung signed an agreement with the Government of Ontario in 2010 that will deliver 2,500 megawatts of renewable power generation in the province.
Pattern Energy is a San Francisco-based wind and transmission company.