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U.S. Renewable Energy Firm to Help Create Up to 600 'Green' Jobs in Ontario With Four Wind Projects

09/26/2011
San Francisco-based Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) and Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) have announced that their new agreement with Siemens will supply turbines for four wind energy projects which will produce 870 megawatts (MW)--enough clean energy to power over 300,000 homes in Ontario annually. Up to 600 jobs will be created from CS Wind's tower and Siemens' blade factories in Windsor and Tillsonburg, respectively.

The four wind power projects under development are:

  • 270 MW South Kent Wind project in the Regional Municipality of Chatham-Kent,

  • 180 MW Armow Wind project in the Township of Kincardine,

  • 150 MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County, and

  • 270 MW K2 Wind project in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh.

"By committing to Ontario-made turbines, we are focused on bringing new jobs and revenue to the province, along with clean energy," said Pattern Energy's CEO Mike Garland. "The creation of up to 600 new jobs is direct evidence of the successful framework established by the Green Energy Act and Green Energy Investment Agreement. Together, these initiatives have created a vibrant green energy economy in Ontario, developing wind power projects, building factories, and putting thousands of Ontarians to work throughout the province."

Samsung and its partners have committed to bring $7 billion in investment to Ontario to create 2,500 MW of new renewable energy sources. This investment is helping establish four manufacturing facilities in Ontario, creating 900 new manufacturing jobs and 16,000 jobs overall in Ontario's Green Economy. These initiatives are a direct result of Samsung's Green Energy Investment Agreement with the Government of Ontario.

"Together with our partners, Samsung is proud to be making an unprecedented $7 billion private-sector investment in Ontario," said Cheol-Woo Lee, Senior Executive VP of Samsung C&T Corp. "We are moving forward aggressively to fulfill our commitment to induce new green manufacturing in Ontario, to help us build the world's largest cluster of wind and solar power [and put] Ontario on the global clean energy map."

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