Samsung and Pattern Announce The South Kent Wind Community Benefits Program

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 
Chatham-Kent residents." 
"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 
the project." 
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
        and wellness.
    --  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 
Chatham-Kent residents."

"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.



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