The Armow Wind-Power Facility in Ontario held a Grand Opening Event hosted by Samsung Renewable Energy and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development). The 180-MW Armow Wind is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 70,000 Ontario homes each year, based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario.
“The Municipality welcomes the Armow Wind-Power Facility to our community,” said Murray Clarke, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of Kincardine. “Throughout the process, from the completion of a Memorandum of Understanding early on, to execution of a comprehensive development and road use agreement, through construction and now operations, the developer has demonstrated a solid commitment to work with the municipality, and maintain an open line of communication.”
Clarke added: “In aggregate, over the 20-year licence term, the Armow Wind project will contribute close to $20 million of new tax, non-tax and permit revenue directly to the Municipality of Kincardine. The community benefit component alone will equal close to $13 million which will be used to support local projects and programming.”
“As we celebrate the Grand Opening of Armow Wind we want to thank the landowners, other community members and the municipality for their hard work and collaboration,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. “Armow Wind was built by Ontario workers using Ontario-made wind turbine components. It is having a strong positive impact on the community by generating millions of dollars in local lease payments and property taxes, updating the local airport, and improving the community of Kincardine through our community benefits program.”
Utilizing Ontario-made wind turbine components, Armow Wind provided jobs for more than 350 Ontario workers during peak construction activity with an average of 200 workers on-site throughout the construction process. Towers for the 91 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines were made in Windsor and the 273 blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg by more than 750 Ontario workers.
“Today we celebrate Armow Wind is operational and not only producing renewable energy but also generating economic growth for the Kincardine community,” said Steve Cho President Samsung Renewable Energy. “We are pleased to have delivered on our commitment to the Green Energy Investment Agreement by producing hundreds of jobs in construction and manufacturing. Armow is the fourth wind project to be completed under the GEIA and Samsung Renewable Energy is pleased to be a part of the Kincardine community.”
Vice President, Wind Power & Renewables, Siemens Canada Limited, added. “Siemens is proud to be a key supplier for our partners on another successful wind project in Ontario. With locally produced steel, towers and blades, Armow Wind is another great example of the positive economic impact the wind power industry has on the Province of Ontario and is a progressive step toward environmental sustainability.”