NB Power and a subsidiary of TransAlta Renewables Inc. have reached an agreement to add 17.25 MW of wind generating capacity at the Kent Hills site in New Brunswick.
The Kent Hills project currently accounts for 150 MW of nameplate wind generating capacity and consists of two separate projects.
Now, the additional capacity will make up Kent Hills 3. Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of successful engagement with First Nations and other stakeholders, Kent Hills 3 is expected to begin operations in late 2018, according to NB Power and TransAlta.
Kent Hills 3 will supply additional generation and make up for lower-than-anticipated energy production at the existing Kent Hills wind farm. The energy from Kent Hills 3 will be sold to NB Power at competitive market rates.
The Kent Hills wind farm began commercial operations in December 2008. Natural Forces Technologies Inc., a wind developer based in Atlantic Canada, co-developed and co-owns the Kent Hills wind farm with TransAlta. The second Kent Hills wind project began commercial operations in November 2010.