Town of Lakeshore, Ontario
|Facility Megawatt Capacity||100|
|Power Purchaser||Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)|
|Contract Tenor||20 year|
gallons of water conserved
metric tons of CO2 avoided
*Offset metrics are based on comparison with region coal fleet emissions when available or average US coal fleet
Belle River Wind, located in the Town of Lakeshore in southwestern Ontario, is a partnership between Pattern Energy, Samsung Renewable Energy Inc., and Bkejwanong First Nation (Walpole Island First Nation). The 100 MW Belle River Wind facility 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.
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. In addition to supporting local causes through sponsorships, the facility contributes to education and other initiatives through a Community Benefit Program administered by the Town of Lakeshore. More than 200 Ontario workers constructed the project and approximately 10 workers are on-site to operate and maintain the site, in addition to the use of local contractors.
Compared to coal-fired generation, each year the facility conserves enough water to meet the needs of nearly 9,000 Ontarians and avoids the release of CO2 emissions equal to removing more 60,000 cars from the roads.
In 1998, the Ontario Medical Association declared air pollution a public health crisis in Ontario with coal-fired power plants being major contributors to the smog problem. The Province committed to phasing out coal-fired generation in 2002, and the development of wind energy helped Ontario meet that goal in 2014. We are proud to be an ongoing part of the solution.
The facility uses 40 Ontario-made Siemens 2.3 MW wind turbines. The turbine towers were made in Windsor and the 120 blades were manufactured in Tillsonburg. It reached commercial operation in late 2017.