EDF EN Canada and Enbridge acquire West’s largest wind project
$600M Blackspring Ridge project near Lethbridge to create 250 construction jobs.
TORONTO — EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge Inc. have jointly signed a purchase agreement with Greengate Power Corp., a Calgary-based wind power developer, to acquire the 300-megawatt Blackspring Ridge project.
Renewable energy developer EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, said the Blackspring Ridge installation, located in Vulcan County, 50 kilometres north of Lethbridge, Alta., will be the largest wind project in Western Canada.
EDF EN Canada in Toronto and Calgary-based energy provider Enbridge will each own 50% of the project, which represents the province’s largest investment in wind energy at approximately $600 million.
At peak construction, it will employ more than 250 people.
The project, in late stage development, will be involve 166 Vestas V100-1.8 megawatt wind turbines, with construction beginning in the second quarter. Commissioning will follow by mid-summer 2014 when the installation will generate power for 140,000 homes.
Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) generated from the project will go to Pacific Gas and Electric under 20-year purchase agreements.