MONTREAL, April 2, 2013 /CNW/ - Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada), a leader in the construction of wind and solar projects in Canada, is pleased to announce the completion of Halkirk Wind, the largest wind project completed to date in Alberta. The 150MW project hosts 83 Vestas V90 1.8MW turbines and is owned by Capital Power LP, a subsidiary of Edmonton-based Capital Power Corporation.
RES Canada served as the balance of plant contractor for Halkirk Wind. Despite the challenging environmental conditions presented by the extremes of Alberta's winter and spring weather, and significant delays caused by heavy rains and an early spring thaw, RES Canada completed the project in just 14 months, on budget and ahead of schedule.
"RES Canada is proud to have constructed Alberta's largest wind farm," said Peter Clibbon, Vice President of Development for RES Canada. "The province has abundant wind resources, and we look forward to working on other projects like Halkirk, which will drive investment and create jobs."
At its peak, RES Canada had up to 360 skilled workers on site for the civil and electrical works associated with this large project. The $346 million project is located in central Alberta near the town of Halkirk and will provide enough clean, renewable energy to power approximately 50,000 average Alberta homes.
Halkirk Wind's electricity is sold into the Alberta spot market, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is purchasing the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) under a 20-year fixed-price agreement.
Halkirk Wind marks RES Canada's growing position in western Canada. The company is also constructing the MATL (Montana-Alberta Tie-Line), a 345 km high-voltage power line between Lethbridge, AB and Great Falls, MT. RES Canada has 631MW of wind and 30MW of solar built or under construction in Canada, including the 270MW South Kent Wind project, Ontario's largest wind farm.
About Renewable Energy Systems Canada and Renewable Energy Systems Americas:
Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) was founded in 2003 and is based in Montreal, Quebec. RES Canada is active with development and construction services across Canada. RES Canada offers a full suite of development and construction services for wind, solar, and transmission projects. RES Canada is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer, and is an affiliate of RES Americas.
Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas) is a fully-integrated renewable energy company that develops, constructs, owns, and operates projects across North America. The company employs more than 275 full-time professionals working throughout North America, has constructed or has under construction more than 5,700MW of renewable energy, and offers a full suite of development and construction services for wind, solar, and transmission projects. RES Americas' corporate office is located in Broomfield, CO with regional offices located in Austin, TX and Minneapolis, MN. RES Americas is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer.
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