Pattern Energy Group LP and Samsung Renewable Energy have inked a supply contract with Siemens AG (NYSE: SI) that will create as many as 600 new jobs at the Ontario plants operated by the German turbine maker and CS Wind, which builds wind towers, the companies announced Monday.
The agreement covers four provincial wind energy projects capable of producing 870 megawatts of clean power, enough to supply some 300,000 households annually.
Mike Garland, Chief Executive Officer of Pattern, said in a statement that their commitment to using Ontario-made turbines will bring new jobs, revenue and clean energy to the province.
"The creation of up to 600 new jobs is direct evidence of the successful framework established by the Green Energy Act and Green Energy Investment Agreement. Together, these initiatives have created a vibrant green energy economy in Ontario, developing wind power projects, building factories, and putting thousands of Ontarians to work throughout the province," he added.
Pattern has wind projects in California, Texas, Nevada and Manitoba, and has been working to expand its presence in sustainable energy-friendly Ontario. The company, which owns two operating wind facilities in the province, recently acquired four additional early-stage wind farms there.
Samsung signed a Green Energy Investment Agreement with the Government of Ontario last year in which the South Korean company and its partners pledged to invest $7 billion to produce 2,500 megawatts of energy from renewable sources. A portion of the capital is being used to establish four manufacturing facilities in Ontario with the ultimate goal of adding a total of 16,000 jobs.