Potentia Renewables Inc. (“Potentia”) is proud to announce the official commercial operation of the Wheatland Wind Project (“Project”) on November 30, 2022. The 122.4 megawatt (MW) project is located thirty kilometres southeast of the Town of Drumheller and it received an Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approval in September 2018. Construction of the WWP involved the installation of twenty-four (24) Siemens Gamesa 5.0 MW wind turbines, an underground collection system, access roads and the construction of a new collector substation (the Badlands Substation), an Operations and Maintenance building, and temporary laydown areas. Potentia executed two bi-lateral offtake contracts for the Project in Q2 2021 and subsequently closed financing in Q1 2022.
The Project will connect to Alberta’s electrical grid through an existing 138kV transmission line located within the project area, owned by ATCO Electric Ltd. The Project will generate more than 400,000 MWh of clean, reliable electricity each year, which is enough to power more than 50,000 Alberta homes.
This Project has used several local businesses for goods and services related to surveying, water trucks, fencers, hotel accommodations, waste management, sanitary services, fuel supply, welding, material supply, and more. During construction, the Project created approximately 150 jobs with an estimated 200,000 person-hours on site. During operations the Project will be an economic driver for the region, creating up to 10 permanent jobs and providing property tax payments representing 3-4% of the county’s 2021 annual budget.
“After just over a year of hard work since this project’s ground-breaking event, Potentia is pleased to announce that Wheatland has been safely brought into commercial operation on schedule. Many thanks to our host landowners, community partners, SkyFlo, Rising Edge Technology, Wheatland County and Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy for their support and hard work. Potentia looks forward to being a valued community partner for decades to come and is proud to add to our growing fleet of clean energy projects providing green electricity to Alberta’s grid.”
– Ben Greenhouse, Senior Vice President, Potentia Renewables Inc.
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Wheatland Wind Project Communications
December 2022 Operations Letter
August 2022 Construction Update Letter
March 2022 Construction Update Letter
December 2021 Construction Wrap Up Letter
October 13, 2021 Virtual Open House
January 2020 Stakeholder Letter
February 2017 Newsletter
(*Updated AESO REP Award Date)
October 2016 Open House Poster Boards
The 120-megawatt (MW) Wheatland Wind Project has officially declared commercial operation. The Project will generate more than 400,000 MWh of clean, reliable electricity each year, which is enough to power more than 50,000 Alberta homes.
Badlands Substation has been successfully energized and all turbine components have been delivered. Nine turbine have been erected as of mid-August and turbine installation will continue into October. The first turbine is anticipated to start operating this fall. Construction of the WWP is still on track to be complete by December 2022.
Construction work has restarted at the WWP and Badlands Substation for 2022. Delivery and erection of turbines are scheduled to start in June 2022 and the Badlands Substation will be constructed by June 2022. Construction of the WWP is on track to be complete by December 2022.
Construction concluded at the WWP for this year and planned civil and turbine site construction for 2021 were successfully completed. Construction will commence again in March 2022.
Construction began at the WWP. The first open house was hosted virtually on October 13, 2021, and the local community was updated with information on construction activities, schedule and timeline. The next open house is planned for the early summer of 2022.
On September 8, 2021, the Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) of the WWP hosted a vendor open house and job fair in Drumheller. The EPC, Skyflo, was recruiting local contractors, businesses and individuals whose services related to the construction of the wind project, and networked with local trades, supplier and workers to foster mutual beneficial relationships.
WWLP submitted an update to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) outlining the various changes made to the project, including turbine manufacturer and model, and revisions to the project layout. The Spring 2021 newsletter was also disseminated to the local community.
WWLP evaluated power purchase opportunities and turbine technology updates for the WWP. Consultation on the project continued through 2020.
The AUC granted approval to construct, own, and operate the WWP and the Badlands 981S Substation.
WWLP submitted amendments to the original application with an updated project layout.
WWLP submitted applications to the AUC to construct, own, and operate the power plant, substation, and interconnection infrastructure.
Potentia Renewables Inc. entered into a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation for the Wheatland Wind Project.
Wheatland Wind Project LP (WWLP) and Wheatland Wind Project Ltd. are special purpose entities controlled by Potentia Renewables for the Wheatland Wind Project.
Potentia Renewables Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Power Sustainable, is a fully integrated developer, owner, and operator of renewable energy assets. Potentia currently owns or manages nearly 1,000 MW of wind and solar projects that are in operation, under construction or under contract. Potentia benefits from strong financial support from its shareholder for large project initiatives. With an investor committed to our long-term success, combined with the industry experience of our team, Potentia has become a leading renewable energy provider in Canada, and is ideally positioned for continued substantial growth. For more information, visit www.potentiarenewables.com.
Alberta Utilities Commission:
Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA):
CanWEA General Wind Facts
Synthesis of Human-related Avian mortality in Canada
A Comprehensive Analysis of Small-Passerine Fatalities from Collisions with Turbines at Wind Energy Facilities
Canadian Estimate of Bird Mortality due to Collisions and Direct Habitat Loss Associated with Wind Turbine Developments
CanWEA – Property Value Facts
Impact of Industrial Wind Turbines on Residential Property Assessment in Ontario Study by MPAC
Transport Canada – Wind Turbine Marking and Lighting
Electric and Magnetic Fields
Government of Canada information on Electricity and Electric and Magnetic Fields (EMFs)