Wind Turbine Plants Land Big Order

The wind is blowing in the right direction for two southwestern Ontario wind turbine manufacturing plants.

Siemens Canada has announced it has secured its biggest order ever from Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

The company says it will help supply wind turbine parts for the 270-megawatt K2 Wind Project near Goderich. The 420 turbine blades will be manufactured out of the company’s facility in Tillsonburg.

The order will also see new work for a Windsor plant, with 140 turbine towers to be manufactured with Ontario-made steel at CS Wind. Siemens’ wind turbine Service and Maintenance Distribution Centre in Chatham will also help support the project.

The deal includes a three-year service and maintenance agreement. Siemens Canada says once the project is up and running, it will create 24 permanent full-time jobs.

Construction of the K2 Wind Project has already started and it’s expected to begin supplying energy to 100,000 Ontario homes by spring 2015.

About 1,000 workers from across Ontario will be involved in the manufacturing and installation of what will be part of the province’s biggest wind project.