NaiKun submits proposal to Hydro’s clean power call

  • Nov. 24, 2008 1:00 p.m.

NaiKun Wind Energy Group Inc. (“NaiKun”) Monday submitted a proposal in BC Hydro’s Clean Power Call to supply up to 396 megawatts of electricity, (enough to power approximately 130,000 homes), from Canada’s first offshore wind energy project.The proposal covers the first phase of the NaiKun project in Hecate Strait and addresses all aspects of the project including pricing, delivery dates, and transmission routing and connection options, according to the company. It also includes an option for HaidaLink, NaiKun’s plan to connect the islands to BCs main grid, ending the islands’ reliance on diesel.”NaiKun’s project is complementary to the province’s existing hydroelectric system and will supply competitively priced, clean and green electricity to British Columbians,” said Paul Taylor, NaiKun’s President and CEO. “We are confident of our success given that our proposal features a superior wind resource, proven technology, collaborative partnerships, an experienced team and strong public support.”Hydro’s Clean Power Call seeks 5,000 gigawatt hours of clean, renewable energy per year as part of its effort to attain energy self-sufficiency by 2016. Hydro’s deadline for proposals was Tuesday. Contract awards are scheduled for the second quarter of 2009.The next key milestone for NaiKun will be submitting an application for an Environmental Assessment Certificate in early 2009. The application will be formally submitted to the BC Environmental Assessment Office and to the Council of the Haida Nation. Additional information is available on NaiKun’s website, www.naikun.ca.

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