Four New Wind Farms To Power Ontario

Oodles of new clean, renewable wind energy will soon be making its way onto the grid in Ontario, Canada. Ontario Power Authority (OPA) said it signed agreements with Pattern Energy Group and Samsung Renewable Energy to purchase power from four wind-power plants in the province with a total generating capacity of 870 megawatts (MW). Backers say the projects will generate enough energy to power more than 300,000 homes.

Construction is underway on two of the projects – South Kent Wind, a 270-MW project in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, and the Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County, Ontario). The companies have also signed agreements to acquire and develop two other projects with capacity totaling 450 MW.

Wind Farm

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The burgeoning interest in wind power in the province is a direct result of the province’s Green Energy Act and Samsung’s Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario. Under this agreement, Samsung and its partners aim to create 1,440 new jobs in renewable energy manufacturing and installation, and develop 2,500 MW of renewable energy capacity using Ontario-made components. To accomplish this, the company and its partners have committed $7 billion in private sector investment to build four manufacturing facilities in Ontario.

Pattern Energy Group, a U.S.-based wind energy developer will be leading the permitting, construction and operation phases of the projects. The company has developed, financed, and placed into operation over 2,500 MW of wind energy resources in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

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Lauren Craig is a writer and consultant living in Seattle, WA. She holds an M.S. in International Development from Tulane University, and is co-founder of Sustainable Systems Integrators, LLC., an employee-owned solar energy design and installation firm in New Orleans, LA. She is also certified in PV design and installation by the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).