Canada awards C$35 million in incentives to 90-MW Kwalsa group

Canada announced Aug. 20 it will provide C$35 million (US$33 million) in incentives to the Kwalsa Energy project, a group of four hydroelectric plants totaling more than 90 MW being built near Harrison Lake, British Columbia.

Natural Resources Canada Minister Gary Lunn said the money will come from the government’s C$1.48 billion (US$1.39 billion) ecoEnergy for Renewable Power Program. (HNN 8/4/08) The program offers a financial incentive of 1 cent per kilowatt-hour produced by low-impact, renewable electricity projects for ten years after commissioning.

Cloudworks Energy Inc., an energy firm specializing in run-of-river hydropower development, owns Kwalsa Energy developer Harrison Hydro L.P. When complete, the project will feature powerhouses on four waterways around Harrison Lake, about 90 kilometers northeast of Vancouver: 27.6-MW Douglas Creek; 25-MW Fire Creek; 21-MW Stokke Creek; and 16.7-MW Tipella Creek. (HNN 9/21/07)

Cloudworks principal John Johnson joined Lunn for the announcement, made at Cloudworks’ offices in Vancouver.

�This federal program enables the Kwalsa project to address not just the construction challenges related to building clean and renewable energy in the remote regions of this province, but also to provide transmission grid access for the first time ever to our First Nations partners, the Douglas First Nation,� Johnson said.

Contractor Peter Kiewit Sons Co. previously named Andritz VA Tech Hydro to supply eight six-jet Pelton turbines with a maximum output of 13 MW, plus inlet valves, generators, and digital speed governors to the Kwalsa plants.

Natural Resources Canada granted environmental approval to the plants, which are under construction for completion in 2010.

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