Samsung, Pattern Energy announce 5th joint Ontario wind project
by Cleantech Canada Staff
Belle River Wind project in Lakeshore, Ont., will produce enough power to meet annual energy needs of 35,000 Ontario homes
TORONTO—Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP have announced plans for their fifth joint project in Ontario, a 100-megawatt wind farm outside the border city of Windsor, Ont.
The Belle River Wind project in Lakeshore, Ont., will produce enough power to meet the annual energy needs of 35,000 Ontario homes, according to the two companies.
The project was announced after Samsung and Pattern signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
“Belle River Wind is the fifth wind project of our $5-billion Green Renewable Energy Investment here in Ontario,”
Samsung is proud to be a part of the Belle River community and excited about our partnership with the township that will create local jobs,” Samsung C&T Corp. vice-president Steve Cho said in a release.
“Samsung is dedicated to delivering meaningful benefits to communities where we are building clean, renewable energy projects.”
When complete, the Belle River project will bring the combined wind energy produced by Samsung and Pattern joint projects to 970 megawatts, according to Pattern Development chief executive Mike Garland.
That’s enough, he said, to power about 350,000 Ontario homes annually.
“Ontario’s renewable program is unique in North America and has created thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs as well as millions of dollars in annual revenues to the landowners and communities where the projects and the manufacturing facilities are located,” Garland said.
“On a local level, the Belle River Wind project will make a significant positive impact, generating hundreds of thousands of dollars annually in landowner payments, community benefits and tax revenue for the community around Lakeshore, Essex County and for the local schools.”
Compared to coal-fired generation, the Belle River project will avoid more than 300,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year—the equivalent, the companies said, of taking more than 60,000 cars off the roads.