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June 18, 2021

RES and Cowessess First Nation secure PPA for Canadian wind project

The project will help SaskPower to meet its target of reducing emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

By Umesh Ellichipuram

Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES) and its partner company, Cowessess First Nation, have secured a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the 200MW Bekevar Wind Energy Project.

The PPA was secured with SaskPower, the principal electric utility of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Located south of Kipling in south-eastern Saskatchewan, the wind facility is owned by Bekevar Wind.

Bekevar Wind is a partnership between RES and Awasis Nehiyawewini Energy Development, which is wholly owned by Cowessess First Nation.

RES Development senior vice-president Peter Clibbon said: “Saskatchewan is an ideal place to build some of the most cost-effective wind power in the world.

“With many world-class renewable [energy] companies qualified to bid, the tender was highly competitive.

“RES and its partner, Cowessess First Nation, strove to deliver the best value [for] SaskPower.”

Equipped with almost 40 turbines, the project is expected to generate enough clean energy to power around 100,000 homes in the region.

It will also feature an underground medium-voltage electrical collector system, a substation, two permanent meteorological towers and an operations and maintenance building.

Construction works at the site are planned for next year and the facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Upon completion, the Bekevar Wind facility will support Saskatchewan in achieving the federal target of phasing out conventional coal generation by 2030.

It will also help Saskpower to meet its target of reducing emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030.

Cowessess First Nation chief Cadmus Delorme said: “Cowessess First Nation has been pursuing utility-scale wind energy development since the incorporation of ANEDC in 2010.

“This is the third Request for Proposal in nine years Cowessess has bid into SaskPower with our partners.

“To be awarded the Bekevar project in collaboration with RES is a milestone for our First Nation, which helps continue to lead indigenous renewable energy development in Saskatchewan.”

In April, RES secured a contract to provide control point, balancing and asset monitoring services at the Moray East Offshore Wind Farm in Scotland.

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