GDF Suez Canada and joint venture partners Mitsui and Fiera Axium Infrastructure said the 99MW Cape Scott Wind Project has started commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with utility BC hydro.
Featuring 55 Vestas
V100 1.8MW wind turbines, the C$325m ($296m) Cape Scott project is located about 40km
west of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
It will generate
over 290GWh annually – enough to meet the needs of about 100,000 residents,
said the partners.
Since the start of
construction in the summer of 2011, the project has put more than C$51m into
the local economy creating more than 300 construction jobs, they added.
GDF Suez Canada, a
subsidiary of French international energy group GDF Suez, Japanese conglomerate Mitsui and Fiera Axium Infrastructure currently operate 660MW of wind
generation facilities in the Canadian Maritimes, Ontario and British Columbia.
Cape Scott is the
joint venture’s tenth wind installation in Canada.