Canada awards C$47 million to 120-MW Brilliant Expansion

The government of Canada announced its ecoEnergy for Renewable Power Program will provide up to C$47 million (US$46.4 million) in incentive payments to the 120-MW Brilliant Expansion project.

Columbia Power Corp. and Columbia Basin Trust brought Brilliant Expansion on line in September 2007. (HNN 9/17/07) The project is on the Kootenay River near Castlegar, British Columbia, downstream of 145-MW Brilliant Dam, which the partners purchased in 1996.

Natural Resources Canada announced June 21 the ecoEnergy program would contribute up to $C47 million over ten years to ensure renewable energy from the C$205 million (US$202.4 million) Brilliant Expansion can be delivered to Canadian consumers at competitive prices.

The ecoEnergy for Renewable Power program provides an incentive of 1 cent per kilowatt-hour for up to ten years to eligible low-impact, renewable electricity projects built between April 1, 2007, and March 31, 2011.

EcoEnergy for Renewable Power is part of the ecoEnergy Renewable Initiative announced by Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper in January 2007. (HNN 1/23/07) The renewable power program is to provide C$1.48 billion (US$1.46 billion) to increase Canada’s supply of clean electricity from renewable sources such as hydropower, ocean energy, wind, biomass, geothermal, and solar photovoltaic projects.

Government officials attended a grand opening ceremony for Brilliant Expansion on June 20.

Brilliant Expansion’s expected annual generation is 500 gigwatt-hours, enough to supply about 50,000 homes.

Completion of Brilliant Expansion concludes the second of three major hydroelectric projects undertaken by the partners. The first project, 185-MW Arrow Lakes, was completed in 2002. Planning is under way for the third project, 435-MW Waneta Expansion, near Trail. (HNN 1/4/08)

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