Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) has partnered with Samsung Renewable Energy to acquire wind power projects in Ontario from Acciona and Boralex. These projects will be combined with Pattern and Samsung's larger South Kent Wind Farm, which is under development. The 270-megawatt (MW) wind farm, located in the Regional Municipality of Chatham-Kent, is estimated to produce enough electricity each year to power more than 73,000 local homes.
"These acquisitions complete the land needed for our South Kent Wind project, which Pattern and Samsung are developing this year," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "We are now focused on finalizing the necessary permitting requirements and working with the local landowners and residents on project details and community improvements. We look forward to the South Kent Wind project producing clean energy, economic development and revenue for the local communities."
Samsung and its partners have an agreement with the Province of Ontario to provide 2.5 gigawatts of new renewable energy. The first phase involves 400 MW of wind power and 100 MW of solar power. The companies have secured dedicated transmission capacity for these initial projects.
"Samsung and Pattern are working hard to develop world-class wind projects in Ontario, which will create jobs at each of the project locations and at the new Siemens turbine factories in Tillsonburg and Windsor, where they will produce the Ontario-made wind turbine components for our projects," added Garland.
As part of the agreement with the province, Samsung and its partners will establish four manufacturing facilities in Ontario, creating 1,440 manufacturing and related jobs building wind and solar technology for use in Ontario and export across North America. Pattern and Samsung have agreed to develop more than 500 MW of wind power utilizing Ontario-made wind turbine components from the new factories in Tillsonburg and in Windsor.
Pattern and Samsung recently announced the acquisition of land from the Fargo Wind Project from Suncor Energy and a nearby wind project development from Northland Power.
Pattern's development pipeline exceeds 4,000 MW of renewable energy projects and includes multiple transmission projects. The company currently has more than 520 MW of wind energy in operation in the United States and Canada.
In early April, Pattern Energy announced completion of its St. Joseph Wind project (the largest wind farm in Manitoba, another Canadian state), which can produce enough clean power every year to serve the needs of 50,000 homes in the Manitoba area.
"The St. Joseph wind project created 350 jobs during its construction, 75% of which came from Manitoba, with another 20% from other Canadian provinces, in addition to the permanent crew of 10 workers we hired to operate and maintain the project," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Energy. "The success of this project is due to the support and commitment of all those involved, including the Province of Manitoba, Mortenson Canada, local landowners and the great community of St. Joseph. By working together to harness the steady winds of St. Joseph, we have created jobs, revenue, and a significant source of clean and renewable energy for Manitobans."