|Facility Megawatt Capacity||100|
|Power Purchaser||Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)|
|Contract Tenor||20 year|
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
North Kent Wind is located in on farmland in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent in southwestern Ontario. The facility is a partnership between Pattern Energy, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc, Bkejwanong First Nation (Walpole Island First Nation), and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent through its affiliate Entegrus Inc.
The100 MW facility is expected to generate $5 million dollars in property taxes over its first 20 years of operations, in addition to a community benefits contribution to the Municipality and sponsorships of local causes over the life of the facility. North Kent Wind also made a substantial contribution to the Friends of the New Animal Shelter to support their efforts to build a new shelter.
The facility employed an average of 200 workers from Ontario during the year-long construction phase. Approximately 10 workers currently operate and maintain the facility, in addition to the continued use of local contractors.
Compared to coal-fired generation, each year the facility conserves enough water to meet the needs of nearly 9,000 Ontarians and avoids the release of CO2 emissions equal to removing more 60,000 cars from the roads.
In 1998, the Ontario Medical Association declared air pollution a public health crisis in Ontario with coal-fired power plants being major contributors to the smog problem. The Province committed to phasing out coal-fired generation in 2002, and the development of wind energy helped Ontario meet that goal in 2014. We are proud to be an ongoing part of the solution.
North Kent Wind reached commercial operations in early 2018 and is composed of 34 Siemens turbines that were manufactured in the province using Ontario steel. The turbine towers were made in Windsor and the blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg. The facility has a 20-year power purchase agreement from the Independent Electricity System Operator.