Siemens Energy on May 5 announced a major wind turbine and service order in Ontario, Canada, involving a 270-MW project.
Along with the South Kent Wind Farm in Chatham-Kent, Ontario, the 270-MW K2 Wind Ontario (K2 Wind) Project will be among the largest wind power plants in Canada. It is located in Goderich in southwestern Ontario and will feature 140 of the Siemens SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines. K2 Wind is due for commercial operation in mid 2015.
The project owners are Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., Capital Power LP and Pattern Energy Group LP. The transaction includes a long-term service and maintenance agreement, ensuring the reliability, availability and performance of the turbines.
The blades for the project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Towers for the project will also be produced locally in Canada. The nacelles will be assembled at Siemens’ U.S. factory in Hutchinson, Kansas.
“Canada is one of the most important wind markets in the Americas,” said Mark Albenze, CEO of Siemens Energy’s Wind Power Onshore Americas business. “We are proud to once again collaborate with the leading players in this market to bring renewable, clean and reliable energy to the homes and businesses of Canadian residents.”
“K2 Wind will be an important addition to Ontario’s renewable energy fleet with 270 MWs of clean power generation being built in one of Ontario’s key wind areas,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern.
According to figures provided by the Canadian Wind Energy Association, the Canadian wind energy market is growing at a rapid rate and Canada is now the ninth largest producer of wind energy in the world with current installed capacity at roughly 7,800 MW. Siemens Energy holds a leading position in the Ontario market with over 1 GW of installed capacity.