NB Power and TransAlta Renewables' subsidiary have agreed to increase the capacity by 17.25MW at the existing Kent Hills wind farm, located in New Brunswick, Canada.
The Kent Hills wind farm accounts for 150 MW of nameplate wind generating capacity and consists of two separate wind projects. This planned project is known as Kent Hills 3. Subject to regulatory approvals and the completion of successful engagement with First Nations and other stakeholders, Kent Hills 3 is expected to begin operations in late 2018.
Kent Hills 3 will supply additional generation and make up for lower than anticipated energy production at the existing Kent Hills wind farm. The energy from Kent Hills 3 is being sold to NB Power at competitive market rates.
The Kent Hills wind farm began commercial operations in December 2008. Natural Forces Technologies Inc., a wind developer based in Atlantic Canada, co-developed and co-owns the Kent Hills wind farm with TransAlta. The second Kent Hills wind project began commercial operations in November 2010.
The addition of Kent Hills 3 has the potential to facilitate other business development opportunities in the green energy export sector.