MONTREAL, May 6, 2013 /CNW/ - 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
About Renewable Energy Systems:
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) is based in Montreal, Québec, with offices in Oakville Ontario. RES Canada's construction portfolio includes 631 MW of wind and 30 MW of solar. The company offers a full suite of development and construction services for wind, solar, and transmission projects. RES Canada is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer, and is an affiliate of RES Americas.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. The company employs more than 275 full-time professionals working throughout North America, and offers a full suite of development and construction services for wind, solar, and transmission projects. RES Americas' corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN.
For more information about RES Canada or RES Americas, please visit www.res-americas.com.
Renewable Energy Systems (RES) is one of the world's leading independent renewable energy project developers. Headquartered in the UK, it operates overseas based offices in France, Sweden, Turkey, South Africa, Australia, the USA and Canada, RES has been at the forefront of wind energy development for over 30 years. In the UK, RES currently has more than 1GW of onshore wind energy either constructed, under construction or consented. The RES Group is active in a range of renewable energy technologies including large-scale biomass, solar, wave and tidal and on-site renewable installations. For more information, visit www.res-group.com
SOURCE: Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc.
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