Montreal—Construction has started on the $700 million South Kent Wind project in the Ontario Municipality of Chatham-Kent.
When finished, the 270-Megawatt project will produce enough energy to power over 100,000 homes. It will be comprised of 124 Siemens 2.3 MW turbines, manufactured in Ontario.
The towers will be made by Windsor, Ont.’s CS Wind Canada, using Ontario-made steel while the blades will be built at Siemens Tillsonburg, Ont. facility.
Siemens was awarded the contract for the South Kent Wind project in March 2012 by project developers Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP.
“This wind farm will not only generate significant amounts of renewable energy for Ontario, it will also provide a boost to Chatham-Kent’s economy by creating jobs and generating tax revenue,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada), a contractor specializing in the construction of wind and solar energy farms was selected by Pattern Energy and Samsung Renewable Energy to to build the South Kent Wind project. Construction will take about a year and employ about 500 people during peak periods. The company is still seeking both skilled and unskilled labourers.