Ontario Clean Technology Alliance completes project plans

A 270-MW wind project in Ontario, Canada, awaits final approval after plans by the development partners were completed.

The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance said at WINDPOWER 2012 in Atlanta, Ga., the $600m South Kent Wind joint venture between Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. needs only environmental approval to start construction.

The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance is 11 regional and municipal partners teamed with federal and provincial trade and innovation ministries. Ontario is offering a guaranteed pricing to attract renewable energy projects and the manufacturing jobs that would be needed to support them.

Ontario says that 2012 confirms the province’s claim as the largest producer of wind energy in among all Canadian provinces, with more than 1,950 MW of installed wind power capacity generated by more than 1,000 turbines. By 2018, Ontario expects to install more than 5,600 MW of new wind energy capacity, attracting $16.4 bn in private investment.

The project awaits final approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the targeted start date for construction on the 124-turbine joint venture is the third quarter of 2012, with the wind project fully operational by early 2014.

South Kent Wind is one of four separate wind energy power purchase agreements between Pattern, Samsung and the OPA that will ultimately provide 870 MW.

The plans for the $600m South Kent Wind project will create Ontario economic benefits including approximately 300 construction jobs, 20 permanent jobs, an estimated $800,000 of annual tax revenue, and a community benefits program supporting local causes over the life of the project.

The Alliance includes Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa Region, City of Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Niagara Region, Windsor-Essex, City of London, Sarnia-Lambton, City of Guelph, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and the Southwestern Ontario Marketing Alliance. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada as well as the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation are also Alliance partners.