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Ashlu Creek Small Hydro Tour

Community Event
Sep 18 2014 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

The BC WEN is pleased to be hosting a tour of the Ashlu Creek small hydro project, allowing an up-close look at run-of-river hydro operations.

The Ashlu Creek run-of-river hydroelectric power generating plant is located approximately 35 kilometers northwest of Squamish, British Columbia, on Ashlu Creek, a tributary of the Squamish River. Its nameplate capacity is 49.9MW, and its estimated annual energy output is 265,000 MWh.

Construction began in August 2006, and the facility started commercial operation in December 2009. All of the power generated at Ashlu Creek is covered by a 30-year power purchasing agreement (PPA) signed with BC Hydro, which takes effect with the start of commercial operation. The PPA, which will expire in 2039, contains electricity price adjustment and other clauses.

The Ashlu Creek plant, which has been granted Eco-Logo certification, is also eligible for the federal government’s ecoENERGY initiative (the “ecoENERGY Program”), intended to support renewable energy in Canada. The ecoENERGY Program offers a $10-per-MWh incentive for the first ten years of the facility’s operations.

This power plant is wholly owned by Innergex.

Transportation arrangements will be coordinated once numbers for the tour are finalised. The tour will begin at 9:00 am, please allow up to 4 hours for the tour and returning back to Vancouver.

Email jessica.mcilroy@bcwen.ca if you are interested in attending.