GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. and joint venture partners Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Fiera Axium Infrastructure Inc. have officially announced commercial operation of the 99 MW Cape Scott wind project in British Columbia.
Located about 40 km west of Port Hardy within the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl, Quatsino and Tlatlasikwala First Nations and outside of Cape Scott Provincial Park, the C$325 million wind project has the capacity to generate over 290 GWh of energy annually, says GDF. The project has a 20-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
The developer adds that wind farm created more than 300 construction jobs during peak construction and 12 permanent operating and maintenance positions. Since the start of construction in summer 2011, GDF says the project infused more than C$51 million into the local economy.
With the addition of the Cape Scott Wind Project, GDF SUEZ Canada and partners Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Fiera Axium Infrastructure currently operate 660 MW of wind-powered generation facilities in the Canadian Maritimes, Ontario, and British Columbia and have a growing solar portfolio. Cape Scott is the joint venture's 10th wind installation in Canada.