* 48 wind turbines installed; nine power up
* Commercial operation set for early 2011
* Plutonic stock up 1.9 pct
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov 23 The largest
wind farm in British Columbia, the 144-megawatt Dokie Project,
has started generating electricity, joint owners Plutonic Power
Corp PCC.TO and General Electric (GE.N) Energy Financial
Services said on Tuesday.
Power was being generated from nine of the project's 48
installed turbines, Plutonic, a small independent power
When they are all online, the project's 48 3MW turbines
will generate enough electricity to power 33,300 homes.
"The generation of the first power at Dokie is positive
news, effectively de-risking the project, which is nearing an
expected commercial operation date in Q1 2011," Cormark
Securities analyst MacMurray Whale said.
The C$228 million ($223 million) project in northeastern
British Columbia won a long-term electricity purchase contract
from provincial utility BC Hydro in March this year.
Plutonic's shares were up 3 Canadian cents at C$2.18 on the
Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday morning.
(Reporting by Nicole Mordant; editing by Peter Galloway)