British Columbia Gets Its Big Wind Farm

Okie dokie! It’s a big wind project with a cute name–the Dokie Wind Project–but its generating capacity is anything but pint-sized. This $228 million project, owned jointly by Plutonic Power Corporation and General Electric Energy Financial Services, is expected to generate 320,000-340,000 megawatt hours (MW h/a’s) of clean renewable electricity each year and is reportedly the largest wind farm in the Canadian province of British Columbia.

This project, which recently came online, includes 48 Vestas V90 wind turbines, a substation and over four miles of 230 kilo volt  transmission lines. Located 680 miles northeast of Vancouver, Canada, near Chetwynd, the Dokie Wind Project will sell energy generated during its 25-year commissioning period to Powerex, a subsidiary of BC Hydro.

Dokie Wind Project construction

image via Plutonic Power

The project is expected to commence full commercial operation by the end of 2011.  According to Plutonic Power, the project is expected to come in on-time and on-budget ($228 million). It is being constructed by Mortenson Canada Corporation, a North American wind energy contractor, using a mix of their own personnel, local hires and local subcontractors. An expansion to the project is also being considered down the road.

In addition to the Dokie Wind Project, GE and Plutonic also jointly developed British Columbia’s largest independent run-of-river hydro project, the East Toba River and Montrose Creek hydroelectric project.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.

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