* Deal reportedly worth up to C$7 billion
* Includes equipment, wind and solar farms
* Could lead to 15,000 jobs in province
TORONTO, Jan 20 Ontario, Canada's most populous
province and the country's industrial heartland, is set to
award a multibillion dollar deal to consortium led by Samsung
Group [SAGR.UL] to build renewable energy equipment such as
wind turbines, media reports said on Wednesday.
The deal, which could be worth up to C$7 billion ($6.7
billion), will be unveiled on Thursday, according to the
Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail newspapers.
The Star said Samsung will also develop 600 megawatts of
wind and solar farms in Ontario, which the provincial
government believes will help meet its target of 50,000 new
jobs created over three years through its Green Energy Act.
The province confirmed in September that it was in talks
with Samsung. The government later said it hoped the Samsung
deal would generate more than 15,000 jobs.
The plan is not without its detractors, the Star said. Some
minsters within the Ontario government are said to be opposed
to giving control of a major part of the province's energy
sector to a company from South Korea and said that Samsung was
given special treatment.
Other critics said that electricity ratepayers would have
to foot the bill for what is effectively a subsidy for the
Samsung, because the government has guaranteed to pay
above-market prices for green power, the paper said.
(Reporting by John McCrank; editing by Rob Wilson)