Higher capacity pursued for Red Willow Wind project in Canada

Boralex, on behalf of project company Red Willow Wind Limited Partnership, earlier this year notified the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office that it is bumping up the size of the Red Willow wind project from a flat 200 MW, to a range of 200 MW to 350 MW.

The project entered the office’s review process in February 2105. The office has designated it as a reviewable project, requiring an environmental assessment certificate. In May 2015, the Project Assessment Manager issued an order determining the scope of the required environmental assessment and the procedures and methods for conducting the assessment.

The company said it still plans up to 80 turbines at this project, with the variable being possibly larger turbines from suppliers like Enercon and Vestas.

The proposed project site is located approximately 40 kilometers southeast of Tumbler Ridge, and 30 kilometers from the BC-Alberta border, within the Peace River Regional District.

A network of underground and/or overhead electrical collector lines will collect energy from individual turbines and connect to the proposed project substation within the project area, which is expected to have a footprint of approximately one to 2.5 hectares. Approximately 66 kilometers of collector lines are anticipated. The preferred transmission alternative is an approximately 49-kilometers-long, 230-kV transmission line that will connect the project substation to the existing Quintette Substation and the BC Hydro grid via a route that largely follows Highway 52.

A project contact is: Carlie Smith, Project Manager, Development BC, Boralex, Suite 606, 1155 Robson Street, Vancouver BC, V6E 1B5, Office: 855-604-6403, Mobile: 604-787-0172, carlie.smith@boralex.com.

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