Ontario’s newest wind energy facility is now up and running. Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group said the Grand Renewable Wind project has completed construction and reached commercial operation. The 149 MW Grand Renewable Wind facility has the capacity to produce clean power for about 50,000 Ontario homes each year.
Grand Renewable Wind uses 67 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines with blades and towers that were made in Ontario. Siemens’ turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg manufactured the blades for the project and CS Wind’s facility in Windsor used Ontario-made steel to manufacture the turbine towers.
The Grand Renewable Wind facility had more than 500 workers on site during peak construction and created 12 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance. Over 98 percent of the workforce was comprised of workers from Ontario, which were involved in every aspect of the project — from manufacture and assembly of the wind turbine components to site construction, installation work and project operations.
Altogether, Samsung and Pattern Energy’s wind power projects in Ontario are creating thousands of manufacturing and construction jobs, contributing significant property taxes in host communities, and providing millions of dollars for schools and important community projects.
In a historic first for Ontario, Samsung and Pattern Energy have entered into an equity partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River. The Six Nations community owns 10 percent of the Grand Renewable Wind project. Samsung and Pattern Energy also provided a $400,000 donation to the Grand River Post-Secondary Education Office, which will increase opportunities for Six Nations students.
Acting on their commitment to make a positive impact in their project communities, Samsung and Pattern Energy have introduced the more than $15 million Community Vibrancy Fund for Haldimand County. The fund will support local community, environment, health and wellness initiatives. The fund will provide a stable source of support over the next 20 years.
The electricity from Grand Renewable Wind, which is helping Ontario reach its clean energy goals, is committed to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) under a 20-year power purchase agreement.