BC grants environmental approval for Holberg wind farm project
VICTORIA, BC-The British Columbia government has granted Holberg Wind Energy GP an environmental assessment certificate for its proposed wind farm development on northern Vancouver Island, eight kilometres west of the town of Holberg. The project includes the construction and operation of 45 wind turbines and a 58.5-megawatt wind energy production facility, along with access roads and bridges, a substation and transmission lines. It is the first wind energy project in BC to have a purchase agreement in place between the proponent and BC Hydro: its terms are for 20 years and 176 gigawatt-hours per year. The development will generate enough green power to meet the need of 20,000 homes per year on the Vancouver Island power grid, noted Energy and Mines Minister Richard Neufeld. The environmental assessment review of the proposal was carried out jointly by the provincial and federal governments, in accordance with the Canada-BC agreement on environmental assessment co-operation.