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Cablegate: Korean Consortium Hits Green Energy Gold

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1. (U) On January 21, Ontario announced a landmark C$7 billion deal
to develop 2,500 megawatts (MW) of wind (2,000 MW) and solar (500
MW) power projects at highly-subsidized rates. The winner of the
award is a Korean consortium led by Samsung Corporation and the
Korean Electric Power Corporation. The Province's announcement
confirms speculation that Samsung would establish manufacturing
facilities in the Province in order to qualify for the lucrative
feed-in tariffs associated with the province's Green Energy Act
(reftel). The consortium will reportedly manufacture equipment
such as wind turbine towers and solar inverters in Ontario.

2. (U) Negotiations for the deal, shrouded in controversy,
apparently began long before the domestic content requirements for
feed-in tariff eligibility were finalized and released to the
public in late September 2009. Details revealed in today's
announcement, coming nearly four months after the deal was first
leaked, does not differ markedly from the initial reports.
JOHNSON

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