The 270-MW South Kent Wind project has been completed in Ontario. The project includes 124 wind turbines and is the largest wind power facility in Canada.
The wind farm utilizes Siemens 2.3-MW wind turbines with blades manufactured at the company’s Tillsonburg facility and towers made by CS Wind at its Windsor location using Ontario-made steel. The project includes a unique night-lighting system. The feature—called TowerSHADE—eliminates light visibility from below the turbine out to almost a mile, but allows aircraft to see the light from above.
Pattern Energy Group Inc. and Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. teamed up to build the project, which employed about 500 workers during construction. Pattern Energy expects the local Chatham-Kent economy to continue benefiting from direct spending of more than $7 million per year attributed to the development.
Samsung and Pattern Energy are also constructing the 150-MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County, Ontario, and are working on two other projects—Armow Wind in the Municipality of Kincardine and K2 Wind in the township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh. The total capacity of the four renewable energy projects would be 870 MW, if all were to be completed as planned.
“South Kent Wind is our first in a series of wind projects in Ontario and we’re proud it has been delivered on time and within budget, despite a very harsh winter,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy.
—Aaron Larson, associate editor (@AaronL_Power, @POWERmagazine)