Investment of Senvion in Welland highlights economic benefits of renewable energies in Ontario
Toronto/Welland, Ontario: On Saturday, PowerBlades Inc., a subsidiary of Senvion SE, welcomed the community for a tour of its North American blade facility in Welland, Ontario. The event that was part of OSEA’s Green Energy Doors Open initiative (http://greenenergydoorsopen.ca) attracted more than 100 people from the area. It was also attended by Welland MPP Mrs. Cindy Forster and the Mayor of Welland, Mr. Barry Sharpe.
“On behalf of City Council, I want to congratulate Senvion on their investment”, said Welland Mayor Barry Sharpe. “Welland has made green energy technology a focus in our Economic Development Strategy, and we’re grateful for the confidence shown by PowerBlades in our city and in the workers of Niagara. As Mayor, I’m proud to recognize Senvion as an outstanding corporate citizen. I look forward to their continued expansion supplying world class wind energy components in Canada and across North America.”
Today the factory of PowerBlades counts about 140 employees. The production of the blades is subject to strict quality standards PowerBlades is committed to. This has recently been certified by an independent third party. PowerBlades currently produces 45 m blades for the Senvion MM92 – a 2 megawatt (MW) turbine that is supplied to various wind farms across Ontario. One 2-MW- turbine can provide about 500 households with clean energy for one year. In July and August, the first Welland-made blades were delivered to wpd’s Springwood and Whittington wind farms. Whereas the Springwood wind farm is located in Wellington County, Whittington wind farm is located in the Township of Amaranth in Dufferin County.
The location of the Welland facility is ideal from a logistical point of view, having direct access to the highway, cargo transport, rail and water. Most of the materials used for blade production are sourced locally, which is why the facility works closely together with a network of suppliers in Canada and the US thus boosting local economies.
“The Ontario Feed-in tariff program with its local content requirements was a good way of attracting investments in local manufacturing plants. Moving forward, Ontario needs to create the conditions so these investments can continue to strengthen the economy”, states Helmut Herold, CEO North America, Senvion Canada Inc.
According to calculations by Ontario Sustainable Services and the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association OSEA, the annual economic impact Senvion and its partners generate in Ontario totals a contribution of $424,462,000 to the gross domestic product, about 4,000 jobs and $119,487,000 in tax revenues. The investment in the blade production facility itself totals about $15 million.
“It was important for us to inform the community about our activities here in Welland and to show how we contribute to society by creating good jobs and generating clean energy. We are committed to being a good corporate citizen, contributing to the economic development of Welland and Niagara”, said Dan Dragoman, Managing Director, PowerBlades Inc. “Most of our employees are from the region and with 140 people, PowerBlades is one of the largest employers in the Welland manufacturing sector. We would like to see the Niagara region being transformed into a wind energy hub.”
About Senvion Canada
Senvion Canada Inc. currently counts about 250 employees in Canada and has offices in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. It is the hub of North American business of Senvion. The company started its Canadian operations out of Montreal in the province of Quebec where it is supplying more than 1 GW by 2016. The Welland blade production facility is operated by PowerBlades, a 100% subsidiary of Senvion SE.
About Senvion SE
Senvion SE, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Suzlon Group, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of onshore and offshore wind turbines. The international mechanical engineering company develops, produces and markets wind turbines for almost any location – with rated outputs of 1.8 MW to 6.15 MW and rotor diameters of 82 metres to 152 metres. Furthermore, the company offers its customers project specific solutions in the areas of turnkey, service and maintenance, transport and installation, as well as foundation planning and construction. The profitable and reliable systems are designed at the Senvion TechCenter in Osterrönfeld and manufactured at its plants in Husum (North Friesland), Trampe (Brandenburg) and Bremerhaven, as well as Portugal, Canada and India. With more than 3,300 employees worldwide, the company - headquartered in Hamburg - makes use of the experience gained from the manufacture and installation of more than 5,300 wind turbines around the world. Senvion is represented by distribution partners, subsidiaries and participations in European markets such as France, Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, and Poland as well as on a global level in the USA, China, Australia and Canada.
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