Energy & Power
Innergex starts operation of 49.9MW Kwoiek Creek hydro facility
By Alyssa Dalton
February 20, 2014 – Innergex Renewable Energy has announced the Kwoiek Creek Resources partnership has begun operation of the Kwoiek Creek run-of-river hydroelectric facility in British Columbia.
The 49.9MW hydroelectric facility is located partly on Crown lands and partly on reserve lands, about 14km south of Lytton, B.C. Construction began in 2011 and was completed in early December 2013. Its average annual production is estimated to reach 223,400MWh—enough to power more than 20,000 local households, it noted.
The 50/50 partnership is maintained by Innergex, who is responsible for the management of the construction and the operation of the facility; and the Kanaka Bar Indian Band.
“We are very pleased to have realized this project in partnership with the Kanaka Bar Indian Band,” said Michel Letellier, Innergex president and CEO. “Kwoiek Creek represents yet another project developed in the best interests of the host community, our partners and our investors. We look forward to building more projects in partnership with First Nations and local municipalities in the future.”
“The production of electricity at the Kwoiek Creek facility marks the culmination of many years of hard work and dedication by our communities and our partner Innergex. We are very proud of this accomplishment, which provides our local residents and all of British Columbia with clean energy and long-term benefits,” added Chief James Frank of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band.