|Facility Megawatt Capacity||270|
|Power Purchaser||Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)|
gallons of water conserved
metric tons of CO2 avoided
*Offset metrics are based on comparison with region coal fleet emissions when available or average US coal fleet
A consortium of investors led by Axium Infrastructure has agreed to acquire Pattern Energy’s minority ownership stake in the K2 Wind facility, with the transaction expected to close on or around December 31, 2018. Pattern Energy will remain as operator of the 270 MW facility that is located on farmland in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh in Ontario, Canada.
K2 Wind will contribute $15 million over 20 years to support community initiatives in the Township, such as protective services, public recreation, education and job training, property tax relief, and land stewardship.
K2 Wind also provides an annual Community Renewable Energy Benefit payment to non-participating landowners living within one kilometer of turbines. The facility contributes an estimated $450,000 in property taxes benefiting the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Huron County, and local schools.
Ontario workers have been involved in every aspect of K2 Wind—manufacture and assembly of wind turbine components, site construction, component installation, and facility operations. An average of 300 workers were on site during project construction and 20 full-time employees operate and maintain the facility, along with seasonal positions as needed.
In 2002, the Province committed to phasing out coal-fired generation, and the development of wind energy helped Ontario meet that goal in 2014. Each year, K2 Wind is expected to produce clean, renewable electricity equal to the needs of approximately 100,000 Ontario homes. The facility conserves water enough for 24,000 Ontarians and offsets CO2 emissions equivalent of removing 165,000 cars from the road.
In consideration of the environment, we built and regularly monitor storm ponds to maintain native frog populations. From our turbines, we can see Lake Huron and are constantly reminded of the beauty of our location from both land and sky.
The 270 MW K2 Wind facility runs 140 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines. The turbine blades were manufactured by Siemens in Tillsonburg, Ontario, and the towers were manufactured by CS Wind in Windsor, Ontario. The facility reached commercial operations in June 2015 and sells 100% of its electrical output and environmental attributes under a power purchase agreement with the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator.