The Bear Mountain Wind Park is now fully commissioned and connected to the British Columbia power grid, according to developer AltaGas Income Trust.
The C$200 million project, which was completed on budget and ahead of schedule, has satisfied the conditions of commercial operation date (COD) and will now receive the firm price under the 25-year energy purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
With a total capacity of 102 MW, the project will produce enough energy to power most of British Columbia's South Peace region, according to AtlasGas. Under the Canadian government's ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Program, Bear Mountain will receive a C$0.01/kWh incentive over the next 10 years, in accordance with the terms of the agreement. The project includes green attributes, which AltaGas can trade or sell to third parties.
AltaGas met conditions of COD by satisfying the British Columbia Transmission Corp. certification and grid compatibility requirements, and by successfully completing a 72-hour test that ended Oct. 24. During the test period, the wind turbines performed well, and the project produced approximately 2,000 MWh of energy.
SOURCE: AltaGas Income Trust