Backers mark commercial ops at 16-MW Box Canyon Hydro project in B.C.

Elemental Energy Inc. announced July 12 the achievement of commercial operation on its 16-MW run-of-river Box Canyon Hydro Project, which is located in Howe Sound, British Columbia.

The commissioning was celebrated at a Blessing Ceremony led by the Squamish First Nation, a partner on the project. The project has a 40-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro. It includes three creek intakes and 8.6 kilometers of penstock culminating at a powerhouse at the base of the McNab Valley.

“This milestone is the culmination of years of hard work by our contractors, consultants, partners and the team at Elemental Energy,” stated Ryan Hanson, Project Director. “We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who helped make this project a reality and to BC Hydro for the opportunity to provide clean, renewable energy to British Columbians.”

“We are thrilled to be entering into the operating phase of Box Canyon, a project that we have taken through development, financing, and now construction,” said Jamie Houssian, Principal at Elemental Energy. “This project is a great addition to Elemental’s growing portfolio of long-term, operating renewable energy projects and was made possible by the support and collaboration of our partner, the Squamish First Nation. We look forward to continuing that relationship.”

Elemental is an active investor, developer, and owner of renewable energy projects throughout North America, with interests in wind, solar and hydro projects that generate long term value. Elemental provided equity financing for the Box Canyon Hydro Project and is the owner/operator of the project.

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