Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has completed the production, delivery and commissioning of 34 SWT-3.2-113 wind turbines at the North Kent Wind project in the municipality of Chatham-Kent, in Southwestern Ontario. The project is expected to generate clean power for approximately 35,000 Canadian homes.
“I wish to extend congratulations to our partners for bringing the North Kent wind project online,” said David Hickey, head of the Siemens Gamesa business in Canada. “Our strong partnership with Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Development has provided over 1 GW of clean wind energy to Ontario and we look forward to providing industry leading service to this wind farm into the future.”
During its peak of construction, North Kent Wind employed about 175 workers, 100% of which were from Ontario and the majority from the local Chatham-Kent area. All blades, steel and towers were produced locally in Ontario.
“North Kent Wind marks our sixth operational wind power facility in Ontario, totaling more than one gigawatt of capacity, enough to power more than 400,000 homes each year,” said Mike Garland, President and CEO of Pattern Development. “North Kent Wind was built entirely by Ontario workers and is generating substantial economic benefits in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent by injecting more than $40 million in direct spending into the local economy over the next 20 years.”
In Canada, SGRE has more than 1,100 active wind turbines, with a total nameplate capacity of 2,500 MW.