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    Samsung and Pattern Development Complete 100 MW Belle River Wind Power Facility in Ontario

  • Oct 09, 2017

    The Belle River Wind power facility in Lakeshore, Ontario is now up and running. Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung) and Pattern Energy Group LP ("Pattern Development") today announced their 100 megawatt (MW) Belle River Wind power facility has completed construction and is fully operational. Belle River Wind is expected to generate enough clean energy to power approximately 35,000 Ontario homes each year, based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario.

    "Samsung is proud to complete our fifth wind project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario," said Eskay Lee, Vice President, Samsung C&T. "Belle River Wind created more than 235 jobs during peak construction. Samsung and its partner are creating jobs and investing in the community which are benefiting real people in Lakeshore and across the province." 

    "Pattern Development continues to grow in Canada. This is the fifth wind power facility we have completed in Ontario – and seventh across Canada – totaling nearly 1.3 gigawatts of operational capacity in the country, and we expect another project to reach completion this year in Quebec," said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development. "Belle River Wind is making a significant positive impact locally by generating millions of dollars in landowner payments, community benefits and tax revenue for the community around Lakeshore and for the local schools."

    Built with Ontario-made products, Belle River Wind provided jobs for more than 235 Ontario workers during construction and 12 permanent positions during operations. Towers for the 40 Siemens 3.2 MW wind turbines were made at CS Wind's manufacturing facility in Windsor using Ontario steel. The 120 turbine blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg.

    Belle River Wind is bringing strong economic benefits to the local community, including more than $2.5 million in direct spending over 20 years in property taxes and landowner lease royalties. In addition, Belle River Wind committed $6 million to the community of Lakeshore as part of a long-term Community Benefit Program, which supports education and other initiatives. This includes an initial contribution of $2 million and an annual contribution of $200,000 for the next 20 years.

    Compared to coal-fired generation, the Belle River Wind facility will conserve enough water to meet the annual freshwater needs of nearly 9,000 Ontarians and avoid more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2 each year – the equivalent of taking more than 60,000 cars off the roads, according to emission rates from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and southwestern Ontario per capita water consumption from Environment Canada.

    The Belle River Wind power facility operates under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

    About Samsung Renewable Energy
    Founded in 1938, Samsung C&T is involved in a broad and growing portfolio of businesses, delivering creative, integrated solutions to customers worldwide through a network of 83 offices in 45 countries. Samsung C&T, together with our partners, is making an unprecedented $5 billion private-sector investment in Ontario to create clean, renewable energy for generations to come. Samsung signed a Commercial Agreement with the Government of Ontario that will result in 1,369 MW of installed renewable energy capacity in Ontario. Our investments have established four new manufacturing facilities that produce renewable energy components for Ontario and for export to markets around the world, along with 900 direct manufacturing jobs and 9,000 high-skilled jobs in Ontario. Working together with the Province of Ontario, Samsung looks forward to a long-term partnership to place Ontario at the forefront of the global shift to clean energy.

    About Pattern Development
    Pattern Development is a leader in developing renewable energy and transmission assets. With a long history in wind energy, Pattern Development's highly-experienced team has developed, financed and placed into operation more than 4,500 MW of wind and solar power projects. A strong commitment to promoting environmental stewardship drives the company's dedication in working closely with communities to create renewable energy projects. Pattern Development has offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, New York, Toronto, Mexico City, Santiago, Chile, and Tokyo, Japan. For more information, visit www.patterndev.com.

    SOURCE: Pattern Energy Group LP

  • Industry News

    Arlington Industries, Inc. and Bridgeport Fittings, Inc. today announced that they have reached an agreement that settles all litigation currently pending between the companies. In connection with this settlement, Arlington has received payment of $1.37 million for the judgment in case No. 3:06-cv-1105 in the Middle District of Pennsylvania against Bridgeport’s 3838ASP and 3838SP Whipper-Snap Duplex connectors. Bridgeport has dismissed its appeal from that judgment and Arlington has dismissed its cross-appeal seeking attorney’s fees.

    FortWhyte Alive is unveiling the largest solar installation in the City of Winnipeg. The 60 kilowatt (kW) installation is made possible thanks to support from Bullfrog Power, Investors Group and Manitoba Hydro's Solar Energy Program.

  • Keeping Current

    MAGIC LITE LTD., an innovator and leader in architectural and specialty lighting products, welcomes the following employees: Allan Langvee has taken on the Sales & Customer Service Manager position; Shelley Hussey is the new Assistant Bookkeeper; Samantha Bortolotti appointed to the Customer Service Representative/Order Entry position; and Adrian Andronic the new Product Manager. Kara Wenner will assume the role of Marketing Coordinator and Customer Service Representative.

    RITTAL SYSTEMS LTD., a world leading manufacturer of enclosure solutions, welcomes Franklin Empire to its distribution/partner network in Canada. With a rich family history dating back to the 1940’s and an extensive distribution network in Ontario and Quebec, Franklin Empire Inc. is the largest independently owned electrical distributor in Canada.

    Tim Rourke, President, Rittal Systems Ltd., said, “Franklin Empire is known for their expertise in the electrical distribution industry, as well as in manufacturing and processing automation. Rittal Systems is confident that partnering with Franklin will expand our reach to new areas and industries, and will be a win-win for our customers.”

    BROCKWAY ENTERPRISES Owner and President, Thomas Brockway, annnounces the appointment of Troy Sampson as its New Brunswick Sales Representative. Troy has spent the past several years in various capacities with Siemens Canada in Moncton. He has an Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma from NSCC, NSIT in 1999 and is a member of the NB Society of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists.

    "We look forward to Troy working as an integral part of Team Brockway and contributing to our continuous efforts in growing our sales and market share for you, our Manufacturers," said Thomas.

    Troy can be reached at 506.850.9192 or e-mail troy.sampson@brockway.ca.

  • Product Showcase

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    LSI Industries will proudly unveil its newest gas station canopy fixture in the Scottsdale® family – the Scottsdale® Vertex™ – at the upcoming NACS/PEI tradeshow from October 18th - 20th. LSI established its reputation over 40 years ago based largely on the strengths of its lighting innovations for gas stations and convenience stores. The new, best-in-class Scottsdale Vertex LED canopy fixture further demonstrates how LSI continues to pioneer innovations for gas stations to this day. It features advanced silicone optics, multiple lumen packages, and an attractive, low-profile design.

    The new WAGO smartCUTTER automates cutting of marking material on the WAGO smartPRINTER. WAGO’s thermal transfer printer, already the fastest terminal block labeling system in the industry, is now even faster with automatic cutting.

    The compact smartPRINTER (Version 1.1) prints and cuts a wide range of marking materials for terminal blocks, cables or conductors and devices. Download the smartDATA brochure for information, and for more on the latest from WAGO, visit www.wago.us/news.

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