Financing completed for 150-MW Ontario wind project

Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group LP said Sept. 17 that they have completed the financing for the 150-MW Grand Renewable Wind (GRW) project in Haldimand County, Ontario.

The 150-MW GRW project will be accompanied by Grand Renewable Solar, a 100-MW solar power project, with both projects providing a combined capacity of 250 MW of renewable energy.

More than 1,000 workers from across Ontario will be involved in every aspect of the GRW project – from manufacture and assembly of the wind turbine components to site construction, installation work and project operations. The GRW project will begin construction soon and is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2014.

“Samsung is proud to be working with the community and our Six Nations partners on the construction of this project,” said K.J. Kim, Executive Vice President, Samsung C&T. “The Grand Renewable Wind project, along with our other projects in the Province, is creating thousands of high-skilled jobs that will benefit real people in this community and across Ontario.”

“Pattern is very pleased to be starting the construction of our second project in Ontario, both of which will use towers and blades manufactured, respectively, in Tillsonburg and Windsor,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “This is one of four wind projects we are building in Ontario as part of our commitment to help the Province develop strong new sources of clean energy for a brighter future.”

GRW will utilize 67 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines, which will be made in Ontario. The blades will be manufactured at Siemens’ turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg and CS Wind’s facility in Windsor is using Ontario-made steel to manufacture the turbine towers.

“Siemens is proud to be a partner in the Grand Renewable Wind project as it represents a significant contribution of the Green Energy Act to establishing and maintaining a green collar manufacturing and service economy in the Province of Ontario,” said Jacob Andersen, vice-president, Wind Power, Siemens Canada Ltd.

The wind power generated at GRW will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority under a power purchase agreement.

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