Innergex signs 210MW BC wind deal

Innergex, the Quebec-based renewables developer, has signed a letter of intent and a protocol agreement with a First Nations tribe that could see it build its first wind farm in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

Innergex and the Saik-uz First Nation will begin working together to take the 210MW Nulki Hills project, in central British Columbia, through the western province’s environmental assessment process.

Innergex will then seek a power-purchase agreement from BC Hydro, and claims Nulki Hills could be delivering power to the grid by 2018.

Last year Innergex came close to buying the development-stage Wildmare wind project from Finavera in British Columbia, but the deal fell through.

Innergex owns more than 600MW of renewables capacity across Canada, much of it hydro, although the developer continues to swell its wind portfolio – and it also owns a PV array in Ontario.

Last month Innergex commissioned the 24.6MW Viger-Denonville wind farm in Quebec using REpower turbines.

A growing number of First Nation groups in British Columbia are seizing the opportunity to work with wind developers.

This autumn EDF EN Canada clinched an agreement with the West Moberly First Nation that could see the two develop more than 500MW of wind capacity, starting with the Wartenbe project, which has already received its environmental approval.