Chris Dagenais, a Grouse Mountain spokesperson, said the1.5-megawatt Eye of the Wind project was ready for commission in February. But a disagreement with B.C. Hydro prevented the launch.
Dagenais said the problem was resolved with the introduction of a monitoring system and installation of new transformers.
“Any time there’s a prototype, new technology like the Eye of the Wind, there’s a little bit of growing pains,” he told the Straight today (September 23) by phone. “And I think that’s what we experienced.”
The private wind-turbine project is expected to offset a quarter of the energy consumed by the resort and is intended to symbolize the potential to harness sources of alternative energy in B.C.