Manitoba’s Largest Wind Farm Goes Online

Joanna Schroeder

Manitoba, Canada is now the proud province of a new wind farm. The 138 megawatt (MW) St. Joseph Wind project has been completed by the Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern) and should generate enough power to meet the electricity needs of 50,000 homes in the Manitoba area. Pattern and Manitoba Hydro have entered into a 27-year power purchase agreement for the sale of energy produced by the project. To celebrate the accomplishment, the Manitoba Minister of Innovation, Energy and Mines, David Chomiak spoke during an opening ceremony.

“This wind farm is one of the largest in the country and will produce enough energy to power 50,000 homes,” said Minister Chomiak. “It showcases our province’s dedication to creating renewable energy and continuing to build Manitoba Hydro. This project has also provided a solid boost to the local economy creating new opportunities and jobs.”

Over the life of the wind farm, 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 dedicated to education and one-third committed to host communities. This is a significant revenue boast for the area.

Mike Garland, Pattern’s CEO said, “The St. Joseph wind project created 350 jobs during its construction, 75 percent of which came from Manitoba, with another 20 percent from other Canadian provinces, in addition to the permanent crew of 10 workers we hired to operate and maintain the project. The success of this project is due to the support and commitment of all those involved, including the Province of Manitoba, Mortenson Canada, local landowners and the great community of St. Joseph. By working together to harness the steady winds of St. Joseph, we have created jobs, revenue, and a significant source of clean and renewable energy for Manitobans.”

“We commend the excellent and timely work of Mortenson Canada, which completed the construction of this world-class wind project in just under a year – an extraordinary timeline for a project of this size and scope, especially considering the harsh winter conditions,” added Garland.

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger set the first group of turbines in motion back in January and today’s event marked the milestone of the project becoming fully operational.

Electricity, Wind