GDF SUEZ unit starts up 99 MW British Columbia wind energy project

The 99 MW Cape Scott Wind Project on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with BC Hydro, according to GDF SUEZ Canada Inc.

The $292 million wind power project has the capacity to generate over 290 GWh of clean, renewable energy annually, enough to meet the electricity needs of about 100,000 British Columbians.

The Cape Scott project created more than 300 construction jobs during peak construction and 12 permanent operating and maintenance positions. Since the start of construction in the summer of 2011, the project infused more than $51 million into the local economy.

With the addition of the Cape Scott Wind Project, GDF SUEZ Canada and partners Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Fiera Axium Infrastructure currently operate 660 MW of wind-powered generation facilities in the Canadian Maritimes, Ontario and British Columbia and have a growing solar portfolio. Cape Scott is the joint venture's tenth wind installation in Canada.

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