The Meikle wind farm (184.6MW), developed by Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development), is now operational and has just increased BC’s wind energy capacity by over one third.
The wind farm is comprised of 61 GE wind turbines and generates enough power for 54,000 homes in the province per annum and has a 25-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
According to the press release: ‘Meikle Wind utilized more than 500,000 person-hours of labor during construction, with in excess of 30% of the value of contracts awarded to First Nation-affiliated contractors and other regional firms. Going forward, the facility will be managed by 16 operations and maintenance personnel, and will also utilize a variety of local subcontractors.’
The project will generate a large amount of income for the province, including an estimated $70 million in payments for taxes, lease payments, wind participation rent and community benefits over the course of the 25 years.
CEO of Pattern Development, Mike Garland said:
“Meikle Wind is now the largest wind facility in British Columbia, increasing the installed wind power capacity in the province by 37%,”
“Located in a mountainous region, this project was unique for its construction, design and weather challenges, as well as for our discovery of rare dinosaur tracks during construction, which we donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum. Meikle Wind would like to thank the participating First Nations, the communities of Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, BC Hydro, as well as the general contractor Borea Construction and turbine supplier GE, for their collaboration on making this project a great success.”