Moose Lake Wind Project gets go ahead

_MG_9536_webTrent Ernst, Editor

It’s a go.

On Monday July 18, Boralex Inc and Aeolis Wind Power Corporation began building the Moose Lake Wind Project, the third project to get green lit in the Tumbler Ridge area, and by far the smallest project.

The project falls under BC Hydro’s Standing Offer Program, which allows for smaller projects, between 100 kw and up to 15 MW.

The Moose Lake Wind Project is at the top end of that scale, with four turbines creating 15 MW of power.

The project is located 24 kilometres north-west of Tumbler Ridge near Highway 29, between Moose Lake and Gwillim Lake. The project will take one year to complete and create approximately 40 jobs during construction.

The Project completed an environmental impact assessment under the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations’ (MFLNRO) Development Plan process, and received a General Area License of Occupation in September 2014. The Project subsequently received an Electricity Purchase Agreement from BC Hydro in December 2015.

The total price tag of the project will be about $70-million.

Boralex is also working on the proposed Redwillow project. If that were to go through, it would include approximately 80 turbines, which could be built locally.