Meikle Wind will create economic benefits for the local region and British Columbia during the two-year project construction and throughout operations. Over the 25-year term of the power purchase agreement with BC Hydro, Meikle Wind will contribute more than $70 million dollars in payments for property taxes, the Crown lease, Wind Participation Rent, and community benefits.
The project will support the local economy by:
- Employing local skilled and unskilled labor and contractors
- Providing employment and training opportunities to local residents and First Nations Communities
- Purchasing goods and services from communities in the region
- Increasing revenue for service businesses such as local restaurants and hotels
Creates job opportunities:
- An average of 150 workers on-site during construction activity, up to 275 workers during peak construction periods, and approximately 9 full-time permanent positions during operations in addition to the use of local subcontractors
- Subcontractors experienced in civil work (grading, excavation, and concrete), electrical work, and mechanical assembly
- Typical personnel requirements include construction managers, electricians, heavy equipment operators, and general laborers for assembly and civil work
- Skills of project managers and operators include computer literacy, inventory management, job and equipment scheduling, performance record-keeping and data processing
- Maintenance personnel generally need to be proficient mechanics or electrical/electronic technicians
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