The Grand Renewable Wind Project is part of the Grand Renewable Energy Park, a joint venture between Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP to produce 100 MW of solar power and 150 MW of wind power.
The 161-foot blades for the 67 SWT-2.3-101 turbines that Siemens has to deliver and commission will be manufactured at a Siemens facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario.
This facility has 275 employees and is already producing at near full capacity. As part of a commitment to Ontario‚Äôs green energy economy, Siemens will source steel and towers for the turbines from Essar in Sault Ste. Marie and from CS Wind in Windsor.
Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli said this project was part of their commitment towards building a modern, reliable and clean electricity system while supporting good renewable energy sector jobs.
Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development, said they were proud to be using turbines that were made in Ontario by Siemens. He said this was one of four wind projects they are building with locally-made turbines. He said these projects were bringing many benefits to the Province, including tax revenue, new jobs, clean power and economic stimulus.
Ki-Jung Kim, executive vice president for Samsung C&T, said the company believes that renewable energy was an important part of protecting the air we breathe and eliminating dependence on dirty coal production. He added they were pleased with investments made so far that are helping create more than 9,000 jobs across Ontario in communities that were hit hard by the recession.
This project comes under the Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA) between the Government of Ontario and Samsung C&T.
As per the agreement, Samsung and its partners have committed to investing $5 billion CAD for developing 1,369 megawatts of renewable energy capacity in Ontario by 2016.
If successfully implemented, GEIA will create the world’s largest wind and solar power cluster.¬†Projects undertaken under GEIA are already adding enough renewable energy capacity each year to power 260,000 homes.
Samsung‚Äôs partnerships under this agreement with Siemens, CS Wind, SMA and Canadian Solar are expected to create 900 new jobs at these providers‚Äô facilities, and the projects undertaken are expected to create 9,000 high-skilled jobs overall in Ontario.