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Samsung, Pattern Energy start operations at 149MW Ontario wind energy project

CTBR Staff Writer Published 13 January 2015

Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group have started commercial operations at the 149MW Grand Renewable Wind facility in Ontario, Canada.

Wind turbine

The project, located in Haldimand County, was developed in partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River.

The facility features 67 Siemens 2.3MW turbines that will annually generate enough energy for about 50,000 households in Ontario.

Ontario's provincially owned Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will buy the energy generated from the facility under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Samsung C&T Canada served as the construction contractor for the facility, which will connect to the Hydro One Networks' N5N 230 kV transmission line.

Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli said: "Wind provides clean, emission-free electricity for Ontarians while creating thousands of jobs and economic opportunities.

"Collaborative projects like this one will help wind reach 15 per cent of the province's installed capacity by 2025."

Pattern Energy CEO Mike Garland said: "The commissioning of the Grand Renewable Wind facility by the end of 2014 brings our number of Ontario facilities to two in operation, two in construction and two in late stage development, totaling 1,269 megawatts to be installed in the province by 2018."

Pattern Energy has a portfolio of 12 wind power projects, with a total owned interest of 1,636MW, in the US, Canada and Chile.

Image: The 149MW Grand Renewable Wind facility features 67 Siemens 2.3MW turbines. Photo: Courtesy of dan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.