Aeolis Wind — BC's preeminent wind developer
Aeolis has long-term leases for a number of prime wind park sites in northeastern BC, on which we have an extensive network of data collection and monitoring towers. Our Victoria head office monitors data from these sites in real time and analyzes it with state-of-the-art software. We are currently developing two wind park sites in the region with a total potential generating capacity of more than 900 MW. Aeolis demonstrated its in-house technical and project expertise in leading development of BC's first wind project: the 102 MW Bear Mountain Wind Park
near the town of Dawson Creek. Bear Mountain began commercial production in November 2009—on time and on budget.
Thunder Mountain is a wind project located north of the Heritage Highway #52 in the Peace River District; it has an estimated total generating capacity of up to 300 MW. In January 2011 Brookfield Renewable Power Inc. acquired a controlling interest in the project. Thunder Mountain is located on provincial Crown land and, at its nearest point, is about 18 km southeast of the coal-mining community of Tumbler Ridge and 27 km from a grid interconnect point. The site is largely treed and traversed by petroleum development and forestry service roads, which offer relatively easy access. In 2009, the Thunder Mountain Wind Project was awarded a BC Environmental Assessment Certificate for up to 320 MW and it has all major permitting in place leading up to construction, including a General License of Occupation covering approximately 2300 hectares. There are 10 meteorological towers in the project area that have been collecting wind data for about six years.
Thunder Mountain South
Aeolis continues to develop Thunder Mountain South, which includes an investigative area of approximately 4200 hectares, located south of the Heritage Highway in the Peace River District. The project has a superb, world-class wind resource and an estimated total generation capacity of up to 300 MW. Two meteorological towers have been collecting data on this site since 2006, and this data has been analyzed and modeled in-house at Aeolis for most of that time. Similar to Thunder Mountain, Thunder Mountain South is located on provincial Crown land; it is approximately 45 km southeast of Tumbler Ridge and 55 km from an existing grid interconnect point. The site is largely treed and traversed by petroleum development and forestry service roads, facilitating access.
Hackney Hills and the Northeast Transmission Line
Located approximately 50 km northwest of the town of Hudson's Hope and the Bennett Dam, the 300 MW Hackney Hills Project has exceptional wind values, which explains why the site is almost treeless. It's also on the logical route of the recently announced Northeast Transmission Line. The BC Government plans to build this line to provide power to the new Horn River Basin shale gas field, one of the largest of its type in North America. Hackney Hills: the right project—at the right time.