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Construction of 270MW Ontario wind project underway

Project in Goderich, Ont., will use 140 Ontario-made wind turbines; will generate enough power for 100,000 homes

GODERICH, Ont.—Work is underway on a 270-megawatt wind project in southwestern Ontario that will use 140 turbines made in the province.

According to Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP, workers have started construction at the K2 Wind site in Goderich, Ont., on the shores of Lake Huron, after the pair closed the $850-million in financing needed for the project.

The 140 wind turbines will be manufactured in Ontario, with the towers built in Windsor by CS Wind, while the blades will be made in nearby Tillsonburg by Siemens Canada.

More than 1,000 workers from across southwestern Ontario will be involved in the manufacturing and assembly of the wind turbines, as well as site construction and operations.

Once complete, K2 is expected to generate enough electricity to power more than 100,000 Ontario homes.

The project is the third wind firm developed by Samsung and Pattern in the province, following the South Kent project in Chatham-Kent, Ont., and the Grand Renewable project in Haldimand County south of Hamilton.

The project is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015.

Last month a provincial Environmental Review Tribunal dismissed an appeal of the project’s approval.

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