TORONTO, Sept. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) and Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) today announced the completion of an expanded agreement with Siemens to supply turbines for four wind energy projects totaling 870 megawatts (MW). Up to 600 jobs will be created from CS Wind's tower and Siemens' blade factories in Windsor and Tillsonburg, respectively. Together, the four projects will provide enough clean energy to power more than 300,000 local homes in Ontario each year.
"By committing to Ontario-made turbines, we are focused on bringing new jobs and revenue to the province, along with clean energy," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "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."
"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 Vice President of Samsung C&T Corporation. "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, putting Ontario on the global clean energy map. Because of Samsung's Agreement with the Province of Ontario, we are moving forward to create real jobs and real clean energy in Ontario, for generations to come."
"Siemens is pleased to be supporting the Samsung-Pattern projects in Ontario," said Bill Smith, SVP Siemens Energy in Canada. "Siemens technology is an ideal fit for the projects and for Ontario wind resources in general. Our Tillsonburg blade facility will be a key link in the supply chain, along with other local sources. The enabling legislation within the Green Energy Act and Samsung-Pattern's undertakings in this regard are an important step in Ontario's drive to be a world leader in the development of wind power as a significant ingredient in the supply mix of the province's electricity system."
The four wind power projects under development in Ontario that will provide the lead orders to support locally-made Siemens turbine components are:
- 270 MW South Kent Wind project in the Regional Municipality of Chatham-Kent
- 150 MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County
- 270 MW K2 Wind project in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh
- 180 MW Armow Wind project in the Township of Kincardine
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 to 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.
About Samsung C&T Corporation
Founded in 1938, Samsung C&T is the mother company of the Samsung Group, South Korea's largest conglomerate with interests in electronics, chemicals, finance, and numerous other fields. Today, the company's two business groups -- Trading & Investment and Engineering & Construction -- are involved in a broad and growing portfolio of businesses, delivering creative, integrated business solutions to customers worldwide through a network of over 100 offices in 44 countries. Both business groups have achieved many landmark accomplishments over the years in preparation for such an opportunity -- among them, launching one of Korea's first solar energy projects and building the world's tallest skyscraper. Samsung C&T, Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) and Pattern Energy plan to build and operate the world's largest renewable energy cluster in Southern Ontario. Samsung was selected by the Ontario Government for its rapidly expanding expertise in the alternative energy field, but also for the proven track record of constructing projects of similar scale from planning and financing through to execution. Samsung and its partners intend to take advantage of Ontario's talented workforce and hire locally. Samsung C&T is an emerging global leader in new and renewable energy solutions with projects in Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Korea, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey.
Pattern Energy Group LP is an independent, fully integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates renewable energy and transmission assets in the United States, Canada and Latin America. With a long history in wind energy, Pattern's highly-experienced team of scientists, engineers, construction experts, and legal and financial professionals has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 2,500 MW of wind power projects. Pattern is strongly committed to promoting environmental stewardship and is dedicated to working closely with landowners and communities to create premier renewable energy projects. Currently operating 520 MW of wind energy in North America, Pattern is scheduled to start construction on new projects totaling more than 1,000 MW over the next 12 months. The Company's full development pipeline exceeds 4,000 MW of renewable energy and transmission projects. Pattern has offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, New York, and Toronto. For more information, please visit www.patternenergy.com.
SOURCE Pattern Energy