Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) announced the completion of its 184.6-MW Meikle Wind power project located in British Columbia, about 33 km north of Tumbler Ridge.
The Meikle Wind facility uses 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.
“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,” Garland added.
The project is located within an area that was significantly impacted by pine beetle kill and previous forestry activity, reducing the overall environmental impact of the new wind farm.
The project’s innovative layout, developed in collaboration with GE, incorporates two different turbine models consisting of varying rotor sizes and hub heights. This design was developed to capture the most energy from the ridge-lines, accounting for varying wind speeds, wind shear, turbulence, and inflow angles.
Meikle Wind had more than 500,000 person-hours of labor during construction, with in excess of 30% 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 use a variety of local sub-contractors.
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 would like to thank the participating First Nations, the communities of Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd, BC Hydro, as well as the general contractor Borea Construction and turbine supplier GE, for their collaboration on making this project a great success,” said Garland.
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