Siemens Energy announced a large wind turbine and service order in Canada at the AWEA WINDPOWER tradeshow in Las Vegas – the 270-MW K2 Wind Ontario (K2 Wind) Project. Along the South Kent Wind farm in Ontario, the project will generate clean electricity for Ontario homes after, expected, mid-2015.
K2 Wind is located in Goderich in southwestern Ontario and will feature 140 units of the Siemens SWT-2.3-101 wind turbines. The project owners are Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. (Samsung), Capital Power LP and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development). The transaction includes a long-term service and maintenance agreement, ensuring the reliability, availability and performance of the turbines. The blades for the project will be manufactured at the Siemens blade facility in Tillsonburg, Ontario. Towers for the project will also be produced locally in Canada. The nacelles will be assembled at Siemens’ U.S. factory in Hutchinson, Kansas.
“This is an important announcement for Siemens, their partners and the local communities that will greatly impact Ontario’s economy while demonstrating the province’s commitment to clean energy,” underlined the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy.
Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development commented: “K2 Wind will be an important addition to Ontario’s renewable energy fleet with 270 MWs of clean power generation being built in one of Ontario’s key wind areas.”
According to figures provided by CanWEA, the Canadian wind energy market is growing at a rapid rate and Canada is now the ninth largest producer of wind energy in the world with current installed capacity at roughly 7,800 MW. Siemens Energy is contributing to this growth and holds a leading position in the Ontario market with over 1 GW of installed capacity.
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