Three new wind projects proposed for Peace Region

Map showing a proposed wind farm near Charlie Lake.

A Montreal-based energy company is proposing to build three new wind farms throughout the Peace Region.

Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) has a trio of applications that will go in front of the Peace River Regional District Thursday to build wind farms near Charlie Lake, the Kiskatinaw River, and Sunset Prairie.

The applications call for authorization for the proposals to move to the Agricultural Land Commission for review and approval to use the farm reserve land the projects will be built upon.

The three projects include:

– A seven-turbine wind energy park northeast of Charlie Lake in Montney. The project would generate about 15 megawatts of energy, enough to power about 4,500 homes, and requires 3.7 hectares of land, according to the application.

– Another seven-turbine park along the Braden Road in Sunset Prairie. The project would another 15 MW of energy, and requires 1.95 hectares of land, according to the application.

– A third seven-turbine park along Triangle Road near the Kiskatinaw River. The project would generate another 15 MW of energy, and requires 4.5 hectares of land.

The applications note that RES is applying to the standing offer program through BC Hydro to build the projects, but that it must show it has secured all permits and land needed for the project.

The projects would be built on parcels of land rated with class 3 through 7 soils, that are mostly being used for pasture and hay.

Calls to RES were not immediately returned.

According to its website, RES has built a trio of wind farms in Ontario, including a 270 MW  facility in the municipality of Chatham-Kent. It also also built a handful of solar projects in the province.

RES Canada is subsidiary of RES Ltd., which is headquartered in the United Kingdom. The company also has offices in the United States, where it has built wind farms in California and Texas. It is also developing projects in Chile.

The PRRD will meet on Thursday afternoon to consider the applications. The applications going before the directors support the proposed projects, noting the projects are consistent with the district’s Community Energy Plan.

That plan has set a target of having 500 alternative energy systems in place by 2030, through a mix of solar, wind, and geo-exchange projects.

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