Partners seek approval for 200-MW Red Willow wind project in British Columbia

Red Willow Wind LP, backed by Boralex Inc. and Aeolis Wind Power Corp., is proposing to construct and operate a 200-MW wind facility in the Peace River region in British Columbia.

The provincial Environmental Assessment Office on Feb. 19 officially put the recent project application into the environmental assessment preparation process. The C$480 million project is located southeast of the District of Tumbler Ridge and within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations. The intended power customer is BC Hydro. A 230-kV, 59-kilometer-long power line will lead from the project site, along Highway 52, to the Noel Substation.

The plan is for wind turbines ranging from 2 MW to 3 MW in size, with the number of turbines to be deployed dependent on the turbine model chosen. The project construction and commissioning phase would last for about 18 months from the point of a construction start, which is planned for early 2017.

The application noted that recent developments for Quebec-based Boralex include approvals for the Moose Lake and Babcock Ridge wind projects in British Columbia. Boralex also has three wind farms under construction in Quebec.

Aeolis is a private development company based in Sidney, B.C., that focuses on wind projects. It was the primary developer of the 102-MW Bear Mountain Wind Park in British Columbia, which won a contract in 2006 to supply power to BC Hydro.

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