Niagara's Water Power Prowess Embraces the Allure of Wind

Niagara's Water Power Prowess Embraces the Allure of Wind 
International Investments Are Blowing Wind Industry Companies,
Manufacturing and Construction Jobs Across Ontario 
CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 05/06/13 --   WINDPOWER 2013 - While
the Niagara Region of Canada is known worldwide for its magnificent
waterfalls and associated hydro power, the Ontario Clean Technology
Alliance is attending WINDPOWER 2013 in Chicago to announce a series
of national and international wind investments by companies including
Capital Power Inc., Enercon Canada Inc., Niagara Region Wind Corp.
(NRWC), NextEra Energy Canada ULC, REpower Systems SE, Samsung
Renewable Energy Inc., and TSP Canada Towers Inc.  
These companies are manufacturing components and building an
estimated 200 wind turbines that will soon dot the landscape in a
swath extending throughout Ontario's Haldimand County and into the
Niagara Region. They are attracted by an excellent wind profile and
connections to existing transmission lines that carry power from
Niagara Falls into southern Ontario's manufacturing heartland.  
The wind power infrastructure investment is also made possible by the
Province of Ontario's visionary Green Energy Act of 2009 that helped
ignite growth in the production of clean and renewable energy. Since
2009, Ontario's Clean Energy Strategy is helping to build on the $27
billion in private sector clean energy investments attracted to
Ontario. Ontario's clean energy sector has already created 31,000
jobs and over 30 clean energy companies have set up shop in the
province.  
"While the 230-megawatt industrial wind turbine project by NRWC is
the Niagara Region's largest, promising 770 construction phase jobs
through to 2014 and 110 more to maintain the turbine structures, the
Ontario Clean Technology Alliance team is working hard to build on
this momentum," says Valerie Kuhns, Sector Manager for the Niagara
Region's Economic Development Department.  
She cites three foreign companies -- Denmark's Avanti Wind Systems,
Helukabel USA, Inc. and Synergy Cables USA Ltd. -- that have recently
set up shop across Ontario as a direct result of Ontario Clean
Technology Alliance investor pitches at international wind industry
trade shows. 
Kuhns' employer is one of eight municipal members of the Ontario
Clean Technology Alliance that also includes the Southwestern Ontario
Marketing Alliance, The Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Economic
Development, Trade and Employment.  
Kuhns also points out that just last week, wind turbine manufacturer
PowerBlades Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of German-based REpower
Systems SE, chose Welland, also in the Niagara Region, as the site of
a blade production factory that will serve the province's wind
project needs as well as supply the rest of the North American
market. 
PowerBlades is currently looking for experts in the fields of
logistics, purchasing, management as well as production workers and
maintenance technicians. The new German-backed Ontario company will
create about 125 jobs within its first phase and about 75 within its
second phase of operations.  
Ontario is Canada's largest province by population, and clean
technology industries take advantage of an Ontario government
economic growth strategy, backed by a comprehensive series of
legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives specifically designed
to support the expansion of clean, green industries.  
About the Ontario Clean Technology Alliance 
The Ontario Clean Technology Alliance offers a highly educated
workforce, excellent growth opportunities, a low-risk business
environment, and generous R&D tax credits that are the envy of other
countries. The Alliance includes Durham Region, Halton Region, Ottawa
Region, City of Hamilton, Waterloo Region, Niagara Region,
Windsor-Essex, City of Guelph and the Southwestern Ontario Marketing
Alliance. The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Canada as well as the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade
and Employment are also Alliance partners. For more information, go
to www.ontariocleantechalliance.com 
Ontario Clean Technology Alliance media contacts: 
Valerie Kuhns
Sector Manager
Niagara Region Economic Development Department
Phone: 289-407-7396
Email: valerie.kuhns@niagararegion.ca  
Jill McCubbin 
Conversation Architect 
market2world communications inc. 
Phone: 613-256-3939 
Email: jill@market2world.com 
 
 
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