Ontario’s growing wind energy market providing a foundation for supply chain investments

The Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) is pleased to celebrate the announcement of a wind turbine manufacturing plant to be located in the City of Windsor. The wind power plant, to be built and operated by Samsung, will create 300 full-time manufacturing jobs and up to 400 construction jobs. The plant will use 100 per cent Ontario steel for the construction of wind turbines and help establish Ontario’s supply chain capability for the growing wind power industry.

"The Green Energy Act was created to make Ontario one of the most attractive markets for wind energy in North America and to bring jobs and economic opportunities to the province," says CanWEA president Robert Hornung. "Today’s announcement is another example of the investments and economic benefits that can be generated when a stable policy environment exists for clean energy development."

Canada currently has 3,549 MW of installed wind energy capacity. Ontario is the provincial leader in installed wind farm capacity with 1,298 MW (one-third) of wind energy development. Quebec and Alberta follow at 663 MW and 656 MW respectively (one-third), and Canada’s remaining seven provinces together account for the remaining one-third.

CanWEA is the voice of Canada’s wind energy industry, actively promoting the responsible and sustainable growth of wind energy on behalf of its more than 450 members. A national non-profit association, CanWEA serves as Canada’s leading source of credible information about wind energy and its social, economic and environmental benefits. To join other global leaders in the wind energy industry, CanWEA believes Canada can and must reach its target of producing 20 per cent or more of the country’s electricity from wind by 2025.