Meikle Wind

Peace Region, British Columbia

The 179-MW wind project achieved commercial operations in 2017 as the largest wind facility in British Columbia and increased the installed wind power capacity in the province by nearly 40%.

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  • Meikle Wind is on Provincial Crown Lands within the traditional territory of Treaty 8 First Nations: Doig River First Nation, Halfway River First Nation, McLeod Lake Indian Band, Saulteau First Nations, and West Moberly First Nations. The involvement and support of Indigenous Peoples and the communities of Tumbler Ridge and Chetwynd have been fundamental to the facility’s success. 

  • Over its first 25 years of operations, Meikle Wind expects to contribute more than $70 million in payments for property taxes, the Crown lease, Wind Participation Rent, and community benefits. 

  • Meikle Wind experiences many wildlife visitors, including bears, moose, lynx, and plenty of deer. We consider the local animals to be extended family and have named the largest bear Maximus. During project construction, workers discovered fossilized tracks of a rare dinosaur and donated them to the Tumbler Ridge Museum. 

As part of its Community Benefits Program, Meikle Wind donated to the Moose Lake Recreation Site and Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre and made long-term commitments to support the Pat O’Reilly Outdoor and Environmental Studies Centre and Tumbler Ridge Global Geopark. Benefit Agreements are also in place with the five Treaty 8 First Nations. 

We place great importance on being an active part of the local communities where we have a presence.

Meikle Wind is proud to contribute to a diverse range of organizations and causes that support the communities of the District of Tumbler Ridge and Treaty 8 First Nations. Please let us know if your group would like a presentation or if you have suggestions for community sponsorships and local causes we can support. 

Meikle Wind’s two-year construction period entailed about 275 workers on-site during peak activity and involved First Nations-affiliated contractors and other regional businesses. With the help of local subcontractors and seasonal workers, about 10 team members operate and maintain the facility.

The facility uses 61 GE wind turbines, both 2.75 MW and 3.2 MW models, with varying hub heights and rotor lengths to capture the most energy from the ridgelines and account for variable wind speeds, wind shear, turbulence, and inflow angles. 

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P.O. Box 1060
Tumbler Ridge, BC V0C 2W0

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