Samsung and Pattern Announce The South Kent Wind Community Benefits Program
South Kent Wind project to contribute $11.5 million to support local
initiatives in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent
BLENHEIM, Ontario, April 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.
(Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) today announced a donation and
pledge of $11.5 million to the community of Chatham-Kent as part of The South
Kent Wind (SKW) Community Benefits Program. The Program includes an immediate
$1.5 million for community-based initiatives and the establishment of The
South Kent Wind Community Fund, with an additional $10 million paid into the
Fund over the next 20 years to provide a stable source of community funding
for the long-term.
"Today's announcement from Samsung and Pattern will help to improve the
quality of life for our communities and families. Their intentions are not
only in making a difference today but for many years to come," said Mayor
Randy Hope, Mayor of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent. "The sustained economic
support from this project will address some of our community's greatest needs,
creating a tremendous positive impact on current and future generations of
"Samsung is proud to be a part of the Chatham-Kent community and is excited
our South Kent Wind project will support important local programs now and in
the future," said Yoon-Gyung Boo, Executive Vice President of Samsung C&T
Corporation, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.'s parent company. "Samsung and
Pattern remain dedicated to delivering meaningful benefits to Ontario
communities where we are building clean, renewable energy projects."
"Pattern and Samsung are committed to finding ways to provide project benefits
for the communities where we operate and we hope these funds will be an
opportunity to make a great community even stronger," said Mike Garland, CEO
of Pattern Energy. "We are proud our South Kent Wind project will be able to
provide significant contributions to support local community, educational,
environmental, health and First Nations and Metis initiatives over the life of
Today's donation includes an initial contribution of one million dollars to
establish The South Kent Wind Community Fund, which will be administered by
The Chatham Kent Community Foundation. Samsung and Pattern's South Kent Wind
project will contribute an additional $500,000 annually to the Community Fund
over the next 20 years.
"South Kent Wind's donation and commitment to The Chatham Kent Community
Foundation totaling $11 million marks the largest donation the Foundation has
received since it was created in 1990," said Rob McKinlay, Chair of The
Chatham Kent Community Foundation. "This contribution will allow us to expand
our charitable giving and continue our history of funding a diversity of
projects in the Chatham-Kent community. We are honoured that Samsung and
Pattern chose The Chatham Kent Community Foundation to facilitate their
long-term philanthropic goals."
The South Kent Wind Community Fund will support building strong and vibrant
communities by funding initiatives in five areas:
-- Community: Inspiring local spirit and engagement through
community events and projects.
-- Environment: Enhancing community action on ecological
preservation, restoration, land stewardship and education.
-- Health and Wellness: Fostering individual and community health
-- Youth and Education: Meeting the needs of children and youth
development through education, recreation and safety.
-- First Nations and Metis: Supporting cultural awareness, the
environment, health and wellness, and youth and education.
To kick start The South Kent Wind Community Benefits Program, Samsung and
Pattern also announced $500,000 in donations to diverse local initiatives
spanning the five priority giving areas.
"We are grateful to the South Kent Wind project for announcing their financial
support for community initiatives, including the Talbot Trail Place in
Blenheim," said Jim Sanson of the Blenheim Rotary Club. "Projects like
community parks are important to making our communities stronger. They provide
venues for families, friends and neighbours to come together and for community
events like farmer's markets and festivals."
"The Erieau Partnership Association would like to sincerely thank Samsung
Renewable Energy, Pattern Energy and the South Kent Wind project for their
very generous donation towards the Rondeau Bay Revitalization Project and for
their commitment to support environmental causes in Chatham-Kent over the
long-term through The South Kent Wind Community Fund," said Dean Jones of the
Erieau Partnership Association. "With this donation the 6-year project to
control the non-native invasive species of Eurasian Water Milfoil in Rondeau
Bay will see its completion, and the community will be able to complete many
other environmental projects with this new, on-going source of local funding."
"The South Kent Wind Community Fund is creating a new and invaluable funding
source for health and wellness initiatives, which are very important for all
generations, and in particular will help us meet the intensifying needs of the
community due to an above average aging demographic in Chatham-Kent," said
Carolynn Barko, CEO of St. Andrew's Residence. "The donation to the Meals on
Wheels program will help us to expand our services to all corners of the
municipality, allowing this important program to meet the needs of many more
"Supporting education is critical for the success and development of our youth
and for growing a stronger community," said Ken McEwan, Campus Director,
University of Guelph – Ridgetown. "We are grateful to Samsung and Pattern's
South Kent Wind project for their donation to the University's new Research
and Innovation Centre and for their commitment to support youth and education
in the Municipality for the long-term."
"Samsung and Pattern's South Kent Wind project is making a difference by
appreciating the importance of local Aboriginal initiatives," said Chief
Burton Kewayosh, Walpole Island First Nation. "Today's donation will help us
to preserve the history, culture, and language of local First Nations. Among
various initiatives, this donation will allow us to complete a historical
ecology study for the Treaty No. 2 territory that will have educational value
for the wider Chatham-Kent community. We welcome the opportunity to forge a
relationship with new industry in our traditional territory, and we look
forward to sustaining that relationship over the long term."
The South Kent Wind Community Fund will provide funding to qualifying
non-profit organizations through a granting process that will be administered
by the Chatham Kent Community Foundation. These grants will support capital,
operating and one-time costs for facilities, programs and events. Grant
applications will be evaluated by a committee of seven members from the
Chatham-Kent community and The Chatham Kent Community Foundation with grants
being distributed among the five areas of giving. Residents can apply to be on
the advisory committee at www.southkentwind.ca.
About South Kent Wind The South Kent Wind project is a 270-megawatt wind
project owned by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Pattern Energy Group LP.
Ontario workers and subcontractors will be involved in every aspect of project
construction. There will be an average of 300 workers on-site throughout
project construction and approximately 500 workers during peak construction
periods. South Kent Wind will utilize 124 Ontario-made turbines, including
towers from Windsor and blades from Tillsonburg.
Once complete in the spring of 2014, the 270 MW South Kent Wind project will
inject more than $7 million in direct spending into the local economy each
year of project operations, including approximately $800,000 in annual tax
revenue for the municipality and schools. The project will generate renewable
energy equal to the needs of approximately 100,000 homes each year, allowing
Ontario to continue to move away from its dependence on coal-fired energy
production. Compared to coal-fired generation, the project will offset
approximately 842,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking nearly
148,500 cars off the roads, and conserve enough water to meet the needs of
approximately 23,600 Ontarians.
|Tim Smitheman |Matt Dallas
|Samsung Renewable Energy |Pattern Energy
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