It was announced this week the 184.6 megawatt (MW) Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia, approximately 33 km north of Tumbler Ridge, has been completed.
“Meikle Wind is now the largest wind facility in British Columbia, increasing the installed wind power capacity in the province by 37%,” said Mike Garland, CEO of Pattern Development.
“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,” he said in a release.
The Meikle Wind facility is utilizing 61 GE wind turbines and has the capacity to generate clean energy for up to 54,000 homes in the province. The facility has a 25-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro. The company utilized more than 500,000 person-hours of labor during construction, with in excess of 30 percent 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 Meikle Wind facility was designed and planned, incorporating input from First Nations, the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd communities, and the provincial government. Meikle Wind is located within an area that was significantly impacted by pine beetle kill and previous forestry activity, reducing the overall environmental impact of the project.
The 184.6 MW Meikle Wind facility expanded British Columbia’s total installed wind capacity to 673.6 MW, according to the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA).