The Peace Region is an important source of electricity for British Columbia. BC Hydro generates nearly 30% of its power through two generating stations on the Peace River, of which the G.M. Shrum station at the W.A.C. Bennett Dam is the largest generating over 13 billion kWh annually. Construction has begun on a third generating station on the Peace, known as Site C. The project will provide 1,100 megawatts of capacity and about 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year to the province’s integrated electricity system.
The electricity generated serves the local area and the coal mines of Tumbler Ridge, but the majority of customers are in the large population centers of the province in southern British Columbia.
The City of Dawson Creek is at the forefront of the renewable energy sector being featured as a spotlight community on David Dodge’s Green Energy Futures.
Bear Mountain Wind Park Partnership
As its first major project, locally owned Peace Energy Co-operative partnered with Aeolis Wind Power Corporation and AltaGas to form the Bear Mountain Wind Limited Partnership. The 102 megawatt project, located near Dawson Creek, was the first fully operational wind park in British Columbia.
Grid-Tie Solar Projects
Peace Energy Co-operative’s first solar project was the Grid-Tie PV array for Don Pettit in Dawson Creek. The project included the installation of 23 solar panels on the Peace photoGraphics building. Since then, many more grid-tie projects have been completed in northeastern British Columbia. In several cases more energy has been generated than was used by the facility, resulting in a cash pay back from the utility for the excess energy “stored” in the grid.
To learn more: http://peaceenergy.ca/completed-projects/
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