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Kent Hills 3 to make up for “lower-than-anticipated energy production”


Kent Hills Wind Farm, courtesy Maritimes Energy Association.

June 20, 2017 – To supply additional generation and make up for “lower-than-anticipated energy production at the existing wind farm”, NB Power and TransAlta have agreed to add 17.25MW of wind-generating capacity at the existing Kent Hills site.

The existing wind farm accounts for 150MW of capacity and consists of two separate projects (hence, Kent Hills 3 for the new initiative). Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of a successful engagement process with First Nations and other stakeholders, it is expected to begin operation late 2018.

Located southwest of Moncton, Kent Hills began commercial operation December 2008. Natural Forces Technologies Inc.—a wind-energy developer based in Atlantic Canada—co-developed and co-owns the wind farm with TransAlta. The second Kent Hills wind project began commercial operation November 2010.

The farm boasts 50 V90-3.0 MW Vestas turbines, each on 80-m towers with 45-m blade length.

PHOTO: Kent Hills Wind Farm, courtesy Maritimes Energy Association.