The South Kent project is the first completed under Samsung Renewable Energy's Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario, according to Ki –Jung Kim, senior vice president, Samsung C&T. “This project is now producing hundreds of megawatts of clean energy, and has created thousands of high-skilled jobs and millions of dollars in community investment -- all of which are benefiting real people in Chatham Kent and across the province," Kim said.
According to Samsung Renewable Energy, the South Kent Wind project features some of the most advanced wind technology, including TowerTEX’s TowerSHADE, which is used to mitigate the impact of night lights required by aviation regulations. The tower shades completely eliminate light visibility from below the turbine out to 1.5 km, while allowing the light to be seen from above by aircraft. South Kent Wind utilises 124 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines with blades and towers that were made in Ontario. Siemens’ turbine blade facility in Tillsonburg manufactured the blades and CS Wind’s facility in Windsor manufactured the turbine towers, using Ontario-made steel.
The South Kent Wind project created approximately 500 jobs during construction and 22 full-time permanent positions for ongoing operations and maintenance. What's more, South Kent Wind is helping Ontario achieve its clean energy goals; compared to coal-fired generation, South Kent Wind will offset approximately 842,000 tonnes of CO2 each year, the equivalent of taking nearly 148,500 cars off the roads.