Bear Mountain Wind Park Project

Client: AltaGas
Location: BC

The Bear Mountain Wind Park is a historic project: when it began commercial operation in 2009, it was the first to deliver wind-powered electricity to the BC provincial power grid. Since then, 34 more wind turbines have been added to the wind farm.

Since 2005, Hemmera has been an integral contributor to the project. We managed the environmental assessment and application, coordinated the pre-construction studies, and implemented the many commitments associated with environmental approval. We continue to lead the adaptive management strategy for birds and bats that may be affected by the wind park’s operation. Our adaptive approach is providing biological data for improved decision-making, helping address uncertainty over mitigation requirements, and reducing the costs associated with mitigation.

Construction continues at the wind park. When it is fully built out, the Bear Mountain turbines will generate enough renewable electricity to power most homes in BC’s South Peace region.

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From the initial environmental assessments, Hemmera has provided environmental guidance for this significant wind power project. Our contributions are ongoing: currently we are developing its adaptive management strategy.