Meikle Wind, located in the mountainous Peace Region, is the largest wind power facility in British Columbia. The facility was specially developed to capture the most energy from the surrounding ridgelines by accounting for varying wind speeds, wind shear, turbulence, and inflow angles.
Located on Provincial Crown Lands and within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations, Meikle Wind was designed and planned with input from the Tumbler Ridge, Chetwynd and First Nations communities, whose involvement and support throughout development were fundamental to the project’s success. The facility entered into commercial operations in January of 2017 as the largest wind facility in British Columbia, and sells 100% of its electrical output and environmental attributes under a power purchase agreement with BC Hydro.
Capacity & Size
179 MW and 61 turbines, generating enough clean, renewable energy to power 54,000 British Columbian homes
Throughout its first 25 years, more than $70 million in payments through property taxes, the Crown lease, Wind Participation Rent, and community benefits
298 Million gallons of water conserved 627,000 metric tons of CO2 avoided
Meikle Wind will create economic benefits for the local region and British Columbia throughout its operational life. The facility supports the local economy by creating jobs and increasing demand for goods and services from local and regional businesses, including those owned by First Nations members.
Construction of Meikle Wind required an average of 150 skilled and unskilled workers and contractors, with up to 275 workers needed on site during periods of peak activity. Operating Meikle Wind supports 9 full-time positions.
Meikle Wind contributes approximately $1.2 million annually to the local economy in direct spending on operating expenditures, property taxes, the community benefit program, and charitable contributions.
In the Community
Meikle Wind is proud to support a diverse range of organizations and causes that make the communities of the District of Tumbler Ridge and Treaty 8 First Nations stronger, healthier, and more vibrant. We support educational causes in the region, including the world-class outdoor education centre at Gwilliam Lake, and our local elementary schools, high schools, and community colleges.
Meikle Wind is located within the Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark, a UNESCO site recognized as having an internationally significant geological heritage. As an active Geopark member, we support programs that provide learning opportunities in science education for elementary students, wind energy, gardening and conservation, as well as Geo-Explorer programs.
If you have a cause you recommend we support let us know by submitting a sponsorship request.
We Proudly Support
District of Tumbler Ridge
Forever Young Society
Grizzly Valley Saddle Club
Kodiak Racers (School District No. 59)
Moberly Lake Northmen Hockey Team
New Life Assembly Family Assistance Program
Northeast BC Coal & Energy Forum
Old Timers Hockey Association
Saulteau Pemmican Days
School District No. 59 - Gay-Straight Alliance
School District No. 59 - Mentorship Program for Girls
The site is remote and often covered with snow year-round. This does not dissuade our wildlife visitors, including a family of five bears, moose, lynx, and plenty of deer. We consider the local animals to be extended family and have named the largest bear Maximus. During construction, workers made discovery of fossilized tracks of a rare dinosaur, which were donated to the Tumbler Ridge Museum.
Generating 179 megawatts of power from Meikle Wind instead of from coal contributes to cleaner air and conserves water resources
Carbon Dioxide Emissions Offset
627,000 tonnes/year - Equivalent to taking 123,000 cars off the road each year