Harnessing the Wind for British Columbia
The Meikle Wind project is located approximately 33km north of Tumbler Ridge in the Peace Region and will provide clean, renewable energy to help meet the provincial government’s clean energy objectives.
Once operational, Meikle Wind will generate energy equal to the annual needs of 54,000 British Columbian homes and increase the installed wind power capacity in the province by 38%.
Over the 25-year term of the power purchase agreement with BC Hydro, Meikle Wind will contribute more than $70 million dollars in payments for property taxes, the Crown lease, Wind Participation Rent, and community benefits.
The wind project was thoughtfully designed and planned, incorporating input from the Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd communities, First Nations, and the provincial government. Meikle Wind received its Environmental Assessment Certificate in June 2014 and its lands license in September 2014.
Meikle Wind is located on Provincial Crown Lands and lies within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations. The involvement and support of First Nations throughout development has been fundamental to the project’s success.
Limited vegetation clearing commenced in October 2014 and major construction activities are expected to begin by June 2015. An average of 150 workers will be on-site during construction activity with up to 275 workers on-site during peak periods.