Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) announced today that RES Group’s global construction portfolio had exceeded 8 gigawatts, or 8,000 megawatts (MW). More than 6,000 MW of the construction portfolio is located in North America. As a point of reference, the province of Ontario has 36,000 MW of installed capacity of all generation types and Quebec has 40,000 MW.
“This is an important milestone for RES Group, and RES Americas and RES Canada have played a pivotal role in our overall construction portfolio,” said Dr. Ian Mays, CEO of RES Group. “We’re pleased to see that RES Canada continues to create economic growth, bringing clean energy and jobs to the communities in which we have projects.”
RES Americas was founded in 1997, and RES Canada was founded in 2003. The two companies’ combined construction portfolio totals more than 6,200 MW of wind projects and more than 100 MW of solar projects in the US and Canada. The companies have also constructed 534 miles of overhead and transmission lines.
“Canada’s renewable markets have been developing rapidly, and it’s exciting to see the changes taking place and the opportunities that are available to grow this important sector of our future economy,” said Peter Clibbon, Vice President of Development for RES Canada. “We are very optimistic about future growth and the engaged role our company will play in the Canadian market.”
2013 has been an eventful year for RES Canada having completed Alberta’s largest wind farm, the 150 MW Halkirk Wind Project. In May, RES Canada also broke ground on the 270 MW South Kent windfarm in Ontario for clients Pattern and Samsung Renewables.
“The North American wind industry has seen significant growth in the last decade and we’re pleased to have been an integral part in supporting a low-carbon future, energy independence, economic development and job creation during that time,” said Susan Reilly, President and CEO of RES Americas. "We look forward to continuing our efforts to shape public policy for renewable energy in North America."
Last month, RES (UK) was awarded the Queen's Award for Enterprise in the International Trade category. This prestigious award is in recognition of RES' extraordinary business success in growing revenues from Commonwealth and international markets, including Canada. The Queen's Awards for Enterprise recognises outstanding achievement by UK businesses in the categories of Innovation, International Trade and Sustainable Development. RES first won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2005 under the Sustainability category. For more information visit www.queensawards.org.uk