The Okanagan will soon have a harness on wind power in the region with two turbine facilities now under construction. The project, in its entirety, is called Okanagan Wind.
One of the wind farms will be located just west of Pennask Summit and the other about 30 kilometers west of Summerland. Both are being built on Crown land.
They’ll be the first wind turbines spinning in the Okanagan and according to project officials is “expected to generate approximately 100,000 MWh of electricity annually, which is enough to power the equivalent of approximately 9,000 homes.”
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A news release also stated the wind farms will “reduce greenhouse gas emissions in British Columbia by approximately 60,000 tonnes a year, the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off the road.”
“Wind energy is a clean, low-cost source of emission-free electricity,” said Stephen Simpson with InstarAGF Asset Management, which is overseeing the project. “We are excited to bring the Okanagan region its first source of wind energy and to help the region contribute to BC’s goal of generating at least 93% of electricity from clean or renewable sources.”
Work is now underway at both sites.
They’re both expected to be operational by early 2017.