in News Departments > Projects & Contracts
print the content item

The Peace Region of British Columbia was the site of several firsts this week, as the first blade went on the first tower of what will be BC's first operational wind park.

Bear Mountain Wind Park is owned and operated by AltaGas of Calgary, Alberta, and was initiated by Peace Energy Cooperative (PEC), a member-run, for-profit cooperative based in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

Bear Mountain Wind Park is expected to generate 102 MW of power when it is fully commissioned in November 2009.

"We started the co-op to promote the development of renewable energy in the Peace River region and to keep some of the benefits for our members," says Steve Rison, president of PEC.

Foundations and electrical connections were installed in 2008, when the concrete foundations were poured and set. In May, blades, electronics and lower tower sections began to arrive from Germany via the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes.

The 41-meter-long blades were shipped by specially designed train cars from Thunder Bay to Dawson Creek. The top sections of the 78-meter towers were manufactured in Saskatchewan and traveled by articulated flatbed truck.

The 375-member PEC was formed in 2002 to develop and invest in renewable energy for the benefit of its membership. The Bear Mountain site near Dawson Creek was the cooperative's first undertaking.

SOURCE: Peace Energy Cooperative


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Eagle Take Permits For Wind Farms - Will They Fly?

Now that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued the first permit allowing the legal take of eagles, can wind developers expect more certainty in the agency's application process?


Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.


Embryonic No More: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gaining Momentum

After a decade of fits and starts, the industry is moving closer to installing the first generation of wind projects off the country's shores.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Tower Conference_id1965