British Columbia, Canada [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Sea Breeze Power Corp. announced that is has recieved a 20 year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) offer from British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority (BC Hydro) for power produced by the 99-megawatt first phase of Sea Breeze’s Knob Hill Wind Farm Project. The Knob Hill Wind Farm Project is located 35 kilometers northwest of Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island, within the traditional territories of the Kwakiutl, Quatsino, and Tlatlasikwala First Nations.
“During this process, we have received strong support from the Quatsino, Tlatlasikwala, and Kwakiutl First Nations as well as the communities of Port Hardy, Port McNeill, and the Regional District of Mount Waddington, for which we are deeply grateful,” said Paul Manson, president and CEO of Sea Breeze. “To reciprocate this valuable support, the Project will create green employment opportunities for the local communities and will move the region towards a more sustainable economic future.”
Construction on the Knob Hill Wind Farm is expected to begin in Q2 2011, with a target date for delivery of electric power in Q4 2012, BC Hydro said. The Knob Hill Wind Farm was the first wind project to receive an Environmental Assessment Certificate in British Columbia.
Upon completion of construction, it will be the first power generating facility initiated by Sea Breeze, which is investigating an additional 180,000 hectares for wind power development throughout British Columbia.
“The offer of a contract from BC Hydro is the result of seven years of effort towards completion of a stringent environmental assessment, comprehensive communication with communities in the region, and preparation of detailed proposal documents and negotiations in BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call,” Manson said.