Siemens supplies 150 MW worth of wind turbines to Ontario project

Siemens Canada has received an order from Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group LP related to the 150-MW Grand Renewable Wind Project, Siemens said on Oct. 8.

Located in the County of Haldimand in southern Ontario, the overall Grand Renewable Energy Park will consist of 100 MW of solar power and 150 MW of wind power. Under the agreement, Siemens will supply, deliver and commission 67 of its SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines. The deal also includes a three-year service and maintenance agreement.

The wind turbine blades for the project will be manufactured at the Siemens facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario, and towers and steel for the turbines will be sourced from local suppliers as well. The nacelles and hubs will be supplied by the company’s nacelle assembly plant in Hutchinson, Kansas. Commercial operation at the Grand Renewable Energy Park is expected to begin by fall of next year.

“Following a recent wind turbine order for a project in Peru, which will be receiving blades and nacelles manufactured in the U.S., we look forward to now also exporting nacelles from Hutchinson, Kansas, for the Grand Renewable project in Ontario,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Americas business. “Not only are we supplying major wind turbine components from our factories in Kansas and Iowa for U.S. projects, we’ve also been successfully exporting blades and nacelles for projects in Canada, South America and around the world.”

Since 2012, Siemens has exported a combined total of more than 800 blades and nacelles from its U.S. wind turbine manufacturing facilities.

The Grand Renewable Wind Project is the second Samsung/Pattern Development project in Ontario under the Green Energy Investment Agreement for which Siemens has been selected to supply and commission wind turbines. Earlier this year, Siemens was awarded a 270-MW order for the South Kent Wind project in Chatham-Kent.

Samsung and Pattern had announced on Sept. 17 that they have completed the financing for the 150-MW Grand Renewable Wind (GRW) project. 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.

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

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