Grand Renewable Wind construction begins, creating more jobs and investment in
Project brings more than 1,000 local construction and manufacturing jobs
HALDIMAND COUNTY, ON, Nov. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc.
(Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) have taken another
major step in creating clean energy and thousands of local jobs in Ontario.
Today, the partners broke ground on the Grand Renewable Wind (GRW) project in
Haldimand County. The 150 megawatt (MW) GRW project will use Ontario-made wind
turbine blades and towers. The wind project will generate clean, renewable
energy equal to the needs of approximately 50,000 Ontario homes each year.
Workers and subcontractors from across Ontario will be involved in every
aspect of the GRW project - from manufacture and assembly of the wind turbine
components to site construction, installation work and project operations. The
GRW project will utilize 67 Ontario-made wind turbines. Siemens' turbine blade
facility in Tillsonburg is manufacturing blades for the project and CS Wind's
facility in Windsor is using Ontario-made steel to manufacture the turbine
Construction of the project is scheduled for completion in 2014. There will be
an average of 200 workers on-site throughout project construction and
approximately 300 workers during peak construction periods. Local
subcontractors will be involved in various aspects of project construction,
including building the access roads, installing foundations and erecting the
The GRW project will allow Ontario to reach its clean energy goals and
continue to move away from its dependence on dirty coal production. Compared
to coal-fired generation, each year the GRW project will offset approximately
423,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide the equivalent of taking nearly 83,000 cars
off the roads, and conserve enough water to meet the needs of approximately
12,000 Ontarians. The wind power generated at GRW will be sold to the Ontario
Power Authority under a power purchase agreement.
In a historic first for Ontario, Samsung and Pattern Development have entered
into an equity partnership with Six Nations of the Grand River. Upon
completion, the Six Nations community will own 10% of the GRW project. Samsung
and Pattern Development also announced a $400,000 donation to the Grand River
Post-Secondary Education Office, which will increase opportunities for Six
Acting on their commitment to make a positive impact in their project
communities, Samsung and Pattern Development have introduced the more than $15
million Community Vibrancy Fund for Haldimand County. The fund will support
local community, environment, health and wellness initiatives. The fund will
provide a stable source of support over the next 20 years - representing the
life of the project.
As part of this community support effort, today Samsung and Pattern
Development also announced the donation of a Vintage World War II Yale
airplane for the No. 6 Royal Canadian Air Force Dunnville Museum, as well as
20 Samsung Tablets to support the use of technology in learning at Rainham
"The Grand Renewable Energy Park wind project is an excellent example of local
engagement and Aboriginal community participation. In addition to providing
clean, renewable energy, this project will produce significant economic
benefits for Haldimand County and Six Nations of the Grand River. We're
looking forward to continuing to build on this good work with Samsung and
Pattern in Ontario."
- Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy
"Samsung is thankful to be working with the Haldimand County community and our
Six Nations partners on the construction of this important project. We are
proud to produce hundreds of megawatts of clean energy, create thousands of
high-skilled jobs and provide millions of dollars in community investment, all
of which will benefit real people in the community."
- Ki-Jung Kim, Executive Vice President, Samsung C & T Corporation
"With more than 1,000 Ontario workers involved in building this project, it is
bringing many benefits to the province, including new jobs, tax revenue,
economic stimulus, and clean power. The community of Haldimand has given us
great support and we look forward to the project providing the local economy
with more than $4 million in direct spending each year of project operations,
including the establishment of a Community Vibrancy Fund for local
- Mike Garland, CEO, Pattern Development
"This day represents the physical start of this major project between Samsung,
Pattern and Six Nations. The idea for this project commenced for the Six
Nations Council in 2009 with an introduction to Samsung by the Ontario
Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. Over the past four years we have gotten to
know each other firstly on human to human level and from there we shared our
cultures and finally reached a business deal that I believe is a template for
many more green energy projects on the Haldimand Tract as well as the 1701
Nanfan Treaty lands of the Haudenausonee."
- Chief William K. Montour, Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council
About Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.
Samsung Renewable Energy is creating clean, renewable energy for generations
to come. Together with our partners, Samsung is making a $5-billion investment
in Ontario to create the world's largest cluster of wind and solar power. Our
investments will create 900 direct renewable energy manufacturing jobs and
9,000 high-skilled jobs in Ontario. Built on Samsung C&T's commercial and
technical expertise and the success of its renewable energy projects in
several countries - including the United States and Europe - Samsung is
creating real jobs, through real investment, benefitting real people. For more
information, please visit www.samsungrenewableenergy.ca.
About Pattern Development
Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) is an independent,
fully-integrated energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates
renewable energy and transmission assets in the United States, Canada and
Latin America. With a long history in wind energy, Pattern Development's
highly-experienced team of scientists, engineers, construction experts, and
legal and financial professionals has developed, financed and placed into
operation nearly 3,000 MW of wind power projects. A strong commitment to
promoting environmental stewardship drives the Company's dedication to work
closely with landowners and communities to create premier renewable energy
projects. Pattern Development currently operates approximately 1,000 MW of
installed wind energy capacity in North America and Puerto Rico. The Company's
full development pipeline exceeds 3,000 MW of renewable energy and
transmission projects. Pattern Development has offices in San Francisco, San
Diego, Houston, New York, and Toronto.
About Six Nations
Six Nations of the Grand River is the most populated first nation community in
all of Canada and is the only place on earth where all of the six nations live
together. The Six Nations Territory is 46,500 acres which is home to over
13,000 Mohawk, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Seneca and Tuscarora nation members.
In 1995, Six Nations began to seek from the Crown of Canada a full accounting
of the disposition of its land interests which originally comprised 950,000
acres of land acquired through the Haldimand Treaty of 1784. In recent times,
Six Nations has commenced consultation and negotiation with renewable energy
proponents which has thus far generated a direct and indirect economic
interest in over 400 MW of renewable energy power generation in the region.
For more information please visit www.sixnations.ca.
SOURCE Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.
Media contacts: Tim Smitheman Samsung Renewable Energy 416-817-9362
Matt Dallas Pattern Development 917-363-1333 firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Jamieson Director of Economic Development Six Nations Elected Council
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