North Kent Wind

Municipality of Chatham-Kent, Ontario

North Kent Wind is a partnership between Pattern Energy, Samsung Renewable Energy, Walpole Island First Nation, and the Municipality of Chatham-Kent through its affiliate Entegrus Renewable Energy.

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  • Our partner, Walpole Island First Nation (Bkejwanong Territory), encompasses six islands occupied by the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa peoples for thousands of years. The First Nation is committed to a sustainable future within its Traditional Territory, including being heavily involved in the renewable energy sector.

  • The site uses 34 Ontario-made 3.2 MW wind turbines with Siemens blades manufactured in Tillsonburg and CS Wind towers built in Windsor using steel from the province.

  • North Kent Wind brings economic benefits to the region, including approximately $5 million over the first 20 years of operations in property taxes for the Municipality and local schools.

The facility provided $4 million to Chatham-Kent for a community benefits contribution and a substantial contribution to the Friends of the New Animal Shelter to support their efforts to build a new shelter.

We place great importance on being an active part of the local communities where we have a presence.

Please let us know if your group would like a presentation or if you have suggestions for community sponsorships and local causes we can support.

Workers from southwestern Ontario were involved in all aspects of construction, which concluded in 2018 and involved an average of 200 workers on-site. With the help of local contractors, 10 team members operate and maintain the facility.

Electricity produced by the 100 MW facility is equal to the annual needs of ~85,000 Ontarians and sold to the Independent Electricity System Operator under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Ontario committed to phasing out coal-fired generation in 2002 and met that goal in 2014, with the help of wind energy. Today, wind turbines harness the wind across the province to generate homegrown energy without harmful emissions. 

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The Science Behind the North Kent Wind Project

In response to some community members’ concerns about the potential impacts on residential water supply wells from the North Kent Wind project, the North Kent Wind team hired licensed experts to extensively study the issue, which included conducting a baseline water quality survey and establishing a program to monitor surface and subsurface vibrations from construction activity.

All studies, reports, and assessments are available under the Handouts and Resources section below.  

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  • We put together a multi-specialist team to tackle the questions. We looked at MOE water well databases, vibrations, hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, geochemistry, and radiological sciences to assess whether it would or would not have an effect on the water wells.

    Dr. Storer Boone Geotechnical Engineer, Golder Associates
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  • Based on our assessments and based on the nature of the work that has been completed, it leads you to a conclusion that there isn’t a mechanism for impact that we can see.

    Jason Murchison Director, Geosciences, AECOM Canada

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9525 Eberts Line
Chatham, ON N7M 5J2

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1. Renewable Energy Approval

Final REA Reports – December 9, 2015

Final REA Reports – December 9, 2015

2. Water Well Materials

3. Vibration Monitoring Program

4. Post-Construction Monitoring Reports

5. Public Notices

6. Public Meetings