Wind Project Begins Commercial Operations

Lynsey Kitching


Capital Power began commercial operations as of November 8, 2012, on time and under budget. Final costs for the Quality Wind project are expected to be about 10 percent below the $455 million budget.
“We’ve committed approximately $1.4 billion to four wind-power projects and the successful completion of Quality Wind marks another major milestone for Capital Power,” says Brian Vaasjo, President and CEO for Capital Power.
Quality Wind will be supplying renewable energy to BC electricity grid and comprises 79 Vestas wind turbines (V90 and V100 models), which will each produce 1.8 megawatts of power. Power generated at Quality Wind will be sold to BC Hydro under a 25-year Energy Purchase Agreement. The facility has the capacity to generate enough power to meet the average annual needs of about 43,000 homes.
Steve Owens, Project Manager for the wind project says, “we would like to thank the residents of Tumbler Ridge, First Nations and the region for their assistance during construction of the project.” Owens explains before the project could begin its commercial operations, they had to complete the required tests and trials to make sure the turbines were working properly as well as make sure the energy was compatible with the BC Hydro grid.
Since the project is now finished construction there are 12 to 17 people staying here from Capital Power to work on the project as well as a Project Manager, a technical engineer and an administrator. From Vestas a dozen people are staying to monitor turbines.
By 2014, Capital Power’s ownership in wind power capacity will grow to 527 megawatts of renewable energy through its projects nation wide.