Samsung, City Agree To Build 400 Acre Solar Farm At Windsor Airport

Thursday June 26th, 2014

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The City of Windsor has reached an agreement with Samsung Renewable Energy to build a solar farm on the Windsor International Airport lands.

The “Class 3 Solar Facility” will occupy 400 acres of land at the airport, roughly east of the runways, and will have a total maximum name plate capacity of 50 megawatts.

The city says the lease of 400 acres of unserviced land will be for a period of up to 24 years with an additional total financial benefit to the City of Windsor of $25 million dollars.

“We’re partnering with a world leader in renewable energy on a deal that will contribute millions of dollars to our community,” said Mayor Eddie Francis. “We have carved out 400 acres of land for this specific purpose, leaving suitable acreage available for other purposes.”

Samsung expects the project will create local jobs and says they’re dedicated to “delivering meaningful benefits to communities” with renewable energy projects.

The city has organized a public meeting to consult with, community members, stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities and government agencies.

The meeting, which takes place tonight, Thursday June 26th between 6 and 8pm, will be held at Windsor Airport and organizers say residents will be able to view information on the project, collect handouts, ask questions and provide comments directly.

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