Harvesting the Wind for Ontario
K2 Wind is a joint venture between Pattern Energy, Samsung Renewable Energy and Capital Power Corporation. The 270 MW wind power facility is located in the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh (ACW) and commenced commercial operations in June 2015. The project sells 100% of its electrical output and environmental attributes under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
Each year, the facility is expected to produce clean, renewable electricity equal to the needs of approximately 100,000 Ontario homes and contribute an estimated $450,000 in property taxes benefiting the Township of Ashfield-Colborne-Wawanosh, Huron County and local schools.
Ontario workers have been involved in every aspect of K2 Wind – manufacture and assembly of wind turbine components, site construction, component installation, and facility operations. An average of 300 workers were on-site during project construction and approximately 20 full-time employees operate and maintain the facility, along with seasonal positions and the use of local contractors.
K2 Wind is utilizing 140 Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines that were made in Ontario. The blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg by Siemens, and the turbine towers were manufactured in CS Wind’s Windsor plant using Ontario steel.
In addition to significant property taxes paid by the facility, K2 Wind will contribute $15 million over 20 years to support community initiatives in the Township. K2 Wind is also providing an annual Community Renewable Energy Benefit payment to non-participating landowners living within one kilometer of turbines.