Siemens announced that it will build and operate a wind turbine manufacturing unit in Tillsonburg. This announcement was appreciated by the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA). The new plant will create nearly 300 jobs in full-time manufacturing, as well as a maximum of 600 jobs in construction and indirect services.
As part of the supply deal signed with Samsung C&T and Pattern Energy, Siemens Canada is constructing the wind turbine facility. Under the deal, Siemens will supply 600 MW of wind turbines to Pattern Energy and Samsung C&T. The wind energy of 600 MW can provide electricity to more than 160,000 homes.
The President of CanWEA, Robert Hornung, stated that the new wind turbine blade facility demonstrates that wind energy sector is generating new green jobs in Ontario. It also demonstrates that the Green Energy Act has made Ontario potential enough to compete for new investments in wind turbine production.
At present, the installed wind energy capacity of Canada is 3,549 M, with Ontario having a capacity of 1,298 MW. Ontario is followed by Quebec and Alberta with 663 MW and 656 MW capacities, respectively.