Harvesting the Wind for Ontario

The Belle River Wind, located in the Town of Lakeshore, reached commercial operation in October, 2017.  The 100 MW wind facility is a joint venture between Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. (Samsung), Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) and Bkejwanong First Nation (Walpole Island First Nation).

Belle River Wind is expected to generate clean energy equal to the electricity needs of 35,000 Ontario homes each year, based on average annual residential energy use in Ontario. 

More than 200 workers were on-site to construct the project, which uses Ontario-made Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines. The 40 towers were made in Windsor and the 120 blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg.

In addition to producing clean power, Belle River Wind is bringing strong economic benefits to the Lakeshore community, including more than $10 million over 20 years in property taxes and community benefits.

Belle River Wind committed $6 million dollars to the Town of Lakeshore as part of a long-term Community Benefit Program to support education and other initiatives.

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

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