Vancouver, British Columbia-based NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. has officially opened the Haida Gwaii Energy Centre, located on the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). The Centre was developed in collaboration with the Haida Power Authority (HPA) to provide and disseminate information to the public about energy on the islands, NaiKun says.
The company plans to host offshore wind energy experts from around the world and hold community information sessions at the Centre. NaiKun is currently proposing an offshore wind project in northwestern British Columbia near the coast of Haida Gwaii. The first phase (320 MW) is currently under development, with construction expected to commence in 2009.
‘Knowledge is the key to making good decisions and planning for the future, and that is the cornerstone of the Haida Gwaii Energy Centre,’ explains Arnie Bellis, HPA chairman. ‘We sponsored this project because it is important for all community members to have access to research and accurate information about the challenges and opportunities provided by our natural environment, like the strong winds in the Haida energy field.’