Once completed, the 166-megawatt (MW) wind farm is expected to provide clean power for approximately 55,000 homes. This order follows a recently announced major wind turbine agreement with Samsung C&T Corporation and Pattern Energy for the supply of wind turbines with a total capacity of up to 600 MW in southern Ontario.
"This Comber wind energy project is further evidence of the increasing importance of renewable energy in Canada, and specifically in the Province of Ontario. We are very pleased to continue to work with Brookfield Renewable Power, a company that has demonstrated a strong commitment to clean energy sources and that is committed to growing its base of world-class generating assets," stated Bill Smith, Senior Vice President, Siemens Canada Limited.
Consistent with the Green Energy Act, the towers will be sourced within Ontario. According to the Canadian Wind Energy Association, Ontario is the current provincial leader in installed wind energy capacity, accounting for 1,248 MW of wind energy development.
The scope for the Comber wind energy project includes the supply and commissioning of the wind turbines, as well as a two-year service, maintenance and warranty agreement. Delivery of the best-selling wind turbines will begin in May 2011, and commissioning of the Comber wind farm is expected to be completed in September 2011.
"The Comber Wind Project will be our third wind farm in Ontario and we are pleased to be using Siemens turbines for a second time. We look forward to working with the Siemens organization again in adding more clean, renewable energy for Ontario," said Richard Legault, President and Chief Executive Office, Brookfield Renewable Power Inc.
Siemens and Brookfield Renewable Power first partnered on the Gosfield Wind project located in the Town of Kingsville, Essex County, Ontario, in 2009. The 50-MW Gosfield Wind farm utilizes 22 SWT-2.3-101 turbines and has been operational since September 2010.
Wind power is part of Siemens’ Environmental Portfolio. In fiscal 2009, revenue from the Portfolio totaled approximately EUR23 billion, making Siemens the world’s largest supplier of environmentally friendly technologies. In the same period, the company’s products and solutions enabled customers to reduce their CO2 emissions by 210 million tons. This amount equals the combined annual CO2 emissions of New York, Tokyo, London and Berlin.
Siemens is one of the largest and most diversified companies in the world of electronics and electrical engineering, operating in the industry, energy and healthcare sectors. The company has approximately 5,000 employees in Canada, working to develop and manufacture products, design and install complex systems and projects, and tailor a wide range of solutions for individual requirements. For almost 100 years in Canada, Siemens has stood for technical achievements, innovation, quality and reliability. Sales for Siemens in Canada for fiscal 2009 (ended September 30), were $2.5 billion CAD.
The Siemens Energy Sector is the world’s leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services and solutions for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas. In fiscal 2009 (ended September 30), the Energy Sector had revenues of approximately EUR25.8 billion and received new orders totaling approximately EUR30 billion and posted a profit of EUR3.3 billion. On September 30, 2009, the Energy Sector had a work force of approximately 85,100.