CHATHAM-KENT, ONT. — Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP have announced construction has wrapped up on the North Kent Wind project, a 100 megawatt wind power facility located in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario.
The plant is now fully operational.
North Kent Wind is engineered with 34 Siemens Gamesa 3.2-megawatt wind turbines with towers and blades that were made in Ontario, a recent media statement said. During the peak of construction activity, North Kent Wind employed approximately 175 skilled workers, all from Ontario.
Besides the two partners, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent also holds a 15 per cent equity interest in the project through its affiliate Entegrus Renewable Energy Inc., and the Bkejwanong First Nation, also known as Walpole Island First Nation, also holds a 15-per-cent interest. In addition, the developers are making a $4-million contribution to the municipal government for community benefits.
The plant is expected to generate enough energy to meet the electricity needs of approximately 35,000 Ontario homes annually, said the statement. The facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator.
“North Kent Wind marks our sixth operational wind power facility in Ontario, totalling more than one gigawatt of capacity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes each year,” said Mike Garland, president and CEO of Pattern Development, in the statement. “North Kent Wind was built entirely by Ontario workers and is generating substantial economic benefits in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.”