Backers hold grand opening for 270-MW K2 wind project in Ontario

The K2 Wind Power Facility in Ontario was the center of a Grand Opening Event hosted by Samsung Renewable Energy, Capital Power Corp. (TSX: CPX) and Pattern Energy Group Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGI) (TSX: PEG) (Pattern Energy).

One of Canada’s largest wind power facilities, the 270-MW K2 facility is located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) in southwestern Ontario, Pattern Energy noted in a Sept. 3 statement. The commissioning of K2 Wind allowed Canada to surpass 10 GW of installed wind energy capacity, making it the seventh country in the world to reach this level of wind power capacity, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

“Samsung is proud to be part of the Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh community and is excited to complete our third wind project inOntario,” said Steve Cho, Vice President, Samsung C&T. “The K2 Wind facility along with our other projects in the Province are creating thousands of high-skilled jobs that will benefit real people in this community and across Ontario.”

“As one of the largest wind power facilities in Canada, K2 Wind is a significant addition to our renewable energy capacity,” said Darcy Trufyn, Capital Power’s Senior Vice President Operations, Engineering and Construction. “Yesterday, we celebrated the grand opening of K2 Wind, thanked the community for their support and acknowledge all those who have worked with us on the project.”

“This event is to thank the community, the landowners and the local officials that worked to make this project possible,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.

“With locally produced steel, towers, and blades, K2 Wind is another great example of the positive economic impact the wind power industry has on the Province of Ontario and is a progressive step towards environmental sustainability,” said David Hickey, Vice President, Wind Power & Renewables, Siemens Canada Limited.

K2 Wind is comprised of 140 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines and operates under a 20-year power contract with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

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