The 180-MW Armow Wind facility in Ontario is now up and running, said project backers Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP (“Pattern Development”).
The Armow Wind facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
“Samsung is proud to complete our fourth wind project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government ofOntario,” said Steve Cho, Vice President, Samsung C&T, in a Feb. 1 statement. “Armow Wind created more than 350 jobs during peak construction and supported over 750 workers from our Ontario manufacturing facilities. Samsung and its partners are creating jobs and investing in the community which is benefiting real people in Kincardine and across the province.”
“Armow Wind is a project that produces clean, renewable energy and that was built by Ontario workers with Ontario-made wind turbine components,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “Armow Wind is now generating millions of dollars in local lease payments and property taxes, updating the local airport, and improving the community of Kincardine through our community benefits program. We want to thank the landowners, other community members and the municipality for their hard work and collaboration on this project.”
Armow Wind provided jobs for more than 350 Ontario workers during peak construction activity with an average of 200 workers on-site throughout the construction process. Towers for the 91 Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines were made in Windsor and the 273 blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg by more than 750 Ontario workers.
“Congratulations to our partners on the completion of the Armow Wind farm,” said David Hickey, Vice President, Wind Power & Renewables, Siemens Canada Ltd. “Siemens is proud to be a key supplier for our partners on another successful wind project in Ontario.”
Together with its partners, Samsung is making a $5-billion investment in Ontario to create the world’s largest cluster of wind and solar power. Its investments will create 900 direct renewable energy manufacturing jobs and 9,000 high-skilled indirect jobs in Ontario.
Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) is a leader in developing renewable energy and transmission assets. Pattern Development’s highly-experienced team has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 4,000 MW of wind power projects. Pattern Development has offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, New York, Toronto, Santiago, Chile, and Tokyo, Japan.