British Columbia agency plans enviro review on 200-MW Red Willow Wind project

The British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office on May 4 officially ordered a January application from Red Willow Wind LP for a 200-MW wind project into the environmental assessment preparation process.

Red Willow Wind proposes to construct and operate a wind energy facility in the Peace River region, approximately 40 kilometers southeast of the District of Tumbler Ridge. Red Willow Wind is backed by Boralex Inc. and Aeolis Wind Power Corp.

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.

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