Samsung and Pattern Announce the Start of Construction of South Kent Wind, Creating Jobs and Investment in Ontario
Toronto, Ontario, April 30, 2013 –Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) today announced they broke ground on the South Kent Wind project in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. The 270 megawatt (MW) wind power project will use Ontario-made wind turbine blades and towers to generate clean, renewable energy equal to the needs of approximately 100,000 Ontario homes each year.
"Samsung and Pattern's South Kent Wind project is a key component of the renewable energy economy we are building here in Chatham-Kent", said Mayor Randy Hope, Mayor of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. "South Kent Wind is generating green energy jobs, increasing the local tax base and driving economic growth in a region known for its vast renewable resource potential."
"Samsung is thankful to become part of this supportive community in Chatham-Kent and proud to start construction on our first Ontario wind energy project," said Mr. KJ Kim, Executive Vice President, Samsung C&T. "The South Kent Wind project will create thousands of high-skilled jobs that will benefit real people in this community."
"We are especially appreciative for the local support we received that helped make this project a reality and we are excited about starting construction, creating jobs and contributing to the community," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "The South Kent Wind project is putting Ontarians to work and driving investment in the province. Once complete the project will inject more than $7 million in direct spending into the local economy each year of operations."
Nevada Has a Wind Winner
enerG, April / May 2013 – The state of Nevada now has its first wind farm, Pattern Energy’s 150 MW Spring Valley wind project, which has won an award for the use of Virtual Design and Construction technology to overcome the challenges of building on environmentally protected lands.
When it comes to wind power, Nevada is not the first state that comes to mind, but it recently saw the start of operation of its first wind farm, Pattern Energy Group LP's 150 MW Spring Valley project-and there could be more wind power to come.
According to the National Renewable Energy Lab, Nevada has wind resources of more than 7,200 MW, meaning there is the potential for wind power to provide a large share of the state's power needs in the future.Read more »