Name: Quality Wind Location: Tumbler Ridge, B.C., CanadaFuel source: WindYear commissioned: 2012Owned capacity: 142 MW% Owned/Operated: 100/100
Capital Power’s 142-megawatt (MW), Quality Wind facility located near Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia began commercial operation on November 6, 2012, on time and under budget. The facility is now supplying renewable energy to British Columbia’s power grid.
The project involved the installation of 79 Vestas V90 and V100 wind turbines, which will each produce 1.8 MW of power. The V90 technology is the same turbine equipment that Capital Power is utilizing at its Halkirk Wind Project in Alberta, which is scheduled for completion in 2012, and its Port Dover & Nanticoke wind project under development in Ontario.
The Quality Wind Project has a 25-year Electricity Purchase Agreement in March 2010 to supply clean, renewable energy to B.C. Hydro. The project will generate enough clean electricity to meet the average annual needs of about 43,000 homes.
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On June 22, 2012, Capital Power held a BBQ and community event in Tumbler Ridge to provide local residents with an opportunity to put their mark on history by signing a 49-metre long Vestas wind turbine blade. The blade, hoisted into place on wind turbine #63 (on road M2), is now generating clean power for British Columbians.
In 2011, Capital Power helped fund improvements to the Quality Trail. Together with volunteer labour, a boardwalk was built for the community.
Quality Wind began commercial operation on November 6, 2012, on time and under budget
Final costs for the $455-million Quality Wind facility is expected to be approximately 10 per cent below budget
Installed capacity is 142 MW from 79 Vestas 1.8 MW turbines
Quality Wind is located on approximately 4,250 acres (1,720 ha) of provincial Crown Land near Tumbler Ridge, in north-eastern British Columbia
Each turbine tower is 95 metres high (from base to centre of hub)
22 km, 230 KV transmission line, collector lines and substation
In March 2010, B.C. Hydro awarded Capital Power a 25-year Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA) for the QWP (read the release).
The facility has the capacity to generate enough power to meet the average annual needs of approximately 43,000 homes
Last reviewed: February 2014