144MW Canadian wind farm comes online

1 Dec 2010

A new wind farm that has come online in British Columbia has the capacity to generate 144 MW and will deliver 340,000 megawatt-hours per year (MWh/a) of clean electricity to BC Hydro

The $228m Dokie Wind Project is reportedly the largest wind farm in the Canadian province. It came online recently and consists of 48 Vestas V90 wind turbines, more than 6.4km of 230 kilo volt transmission line and a substation (a subsidiary station of the wind farm where voltage is transformed from high to low or the reverse).

A first for Canada

“The start of energy generation at the Dokie Wind Project represents Plutonic’s and GE Energy Financial Services‘ first wind project in Canada and a solid new growth platform for Plutonic in wind energy,” said Donald McInnes, vice-chairman and CEO of Plutonic Power.

The project, located 1,100km northeast of Vancouver near Chetwynd, will sell energy generated during commissioning, prior to the commercial operation date (COD), to Powerex, a subsidiary of BC Hydro and will be fully operational by the end of the first quarter in 2011.