|Power Purchaser||Manitoba Hydro|
|Construction Contractor||Mortenson Canada|
|Turbine Size||2.3 MW|
|Number of Turbines||60|
|Project Capacity||138 MW|
|Power Equivalent||50,000 homes|
|Construction Start Date||April 2010|
|Commercial Operation||March 2011|
Pattern Energy Group LP's windfarm located in the southern Manitoba community of St. Joseph and in the rural municipalities of Montcalm and Rhineland reached full operations in March of 2011, becoming the largest wind energy project in Manitoba. Pattern and the Manitoba Hydro-Electric Board entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the sale of energy produced by the 138-megawatt project, the equivalent of the energy needs of 50,000 homes.
Pattern used scientific expertise and extensive experience to develop the highly-efficient wind project that harnesses the strong local winds to create a significant source of renewable energy and tax revenue for the region. Over the life of the project, Pattern will pay an estimated $38 million to landholders and an additional $44 million in local municipal taxes with two-thirds of the tax revenue going to education and one-third going to the host communities. The St. Joseph Windfarm created up to 350 positions during the construction phase and will have approximately 15 permanent positions to support project operations.
BowArk Energy began development on the St. Joseph Windfarm and Manitoba Hydro provided the windfarm with a 20-year construction/term loan to finance a portion of the project. Using a workforce consisting of 75% Manitobans and an additional 18% of workers from other Canadian provinces, Mortenson Canada constructed the infrastructure supporting the windfarm and erected the 60 wind turbine generators provided by Siemens Energy.