Samsung is investing $7 billion in Ontario to create the world's largest cluster of wind and solar power.  When completed, the projects will generate 2,500 MWs of renewable energy -- providing power with zero ongoing fuel costs well into the future.  Samsung and its partners are also establishing four manufacturing facilities in Ontario, creating 1,440 manufacturing and related jobs building wind and solar technology for use in Ontario and export across North America.

In the latest phase of the agreement, the Ontario Power Authority has signed power purchase agreements for 870 megawatts (MWs) of wind power.  The agreements with Samsung and its partner, Pattern Energy Group LP, will provide enough clean energy to power more than 300,000 homes.

Constructing 870 MWs of wind power will create good-paying jobs in the short-term and additional jobs in operations and maintenance over the long term.  The wind projects have also resulted in commitments from two other companies -- Siemens and CS Wind -- to build two new factories in Ontario.  All the turbines used in the 870 MWs of wind power will be made in Ontario.

Private capital building clean energy and creating good paying manufacturing jobs?  Maybe we can learn something from our friends up north.

John Howley
Woodbridge, New Jersey

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