The Wheatland Wind Project (Project) began development in 2007 and includes approximately 35,000 acres of land located thirty kilometres southeast of the Town of Drumheller. The Project is located in townships 26-18-W4M, 25-18-W4M, 26-17-W4M and 25-17-W4M on privately owned cultivated and grazing land and will generate clean energy while allowing landowners to continue with their daily activities. The Project area has an excellent wind resource which has been verified with seven years of collected onsite wind data.
The Project will be approximately 120 megawatts (MW) in size and is anticipated to be under construction in 2021. The Project involves the installation of up to 36 wind turbines, an electrical collection system, access roads and the construction of a new wind collector substation, called the Badlands Substation. The turbines in the Project will be connected through a combination of 34.5 kilovolt (kV) above ground and underground collector lines that connect at the proposed Badlands Substation. The Project will also require a temporary laydown area during construction and also an Operation and Maintenance Building during the operation of the Project.
The Project will also require construction of new access roads and upgrades to existing roads in the area. These roads are required to transport materials for turbine assembly during the construction stage, and to access turbines for regular maintenance during operation. Wheatland Wind Project LP (WWLP) will look to the local community where possible during construction for local trades and other business opportunities.
The Project will connect to Alberta’s electric grid through an existing 138kV transmission line located within the Project area. This interconnection process was covered under a separate consultation and AUC application process conducted by ATCO Electric.
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Potentia Renewables Inc. entered into a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation for the Wheatland Wind Project.
Wheatland Wind Project LP (WWLP) submitted applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct, own, and operate the power plant, substation, and interconnection equipment.
WWLP submitted amendments to the original application with a finalized project layout.
The AUC granted approval to construct, own, and operate the Wheatland Wind Project and Badlands 981S Substation.
WWLP is evaluating power purchase opportunities and turbine technology updates for the Project. Consultation on the project will continue through 2020 with any AUC amendments expected to be submitted by the end of 2020.
Wheatland Wind Project LP (WWLP) is a partnership between Potentia Renewables and Greengate Power Corporation.
Potentia Renewables Inc. is an independent power producer focused on developing, managing and operating renewable energy systems. Potentia Renewables Inc. is a
wholly owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, a diversified international management and holding company.
Greengate Power Corporation is a leading renewable energy company based in Calgary, Alberta. To date, Greengate has successfully developed 450 MW of operating wind projects in Alberta. These projects represent over 30% of the wind energy generated in Alberta and provide a clean source of energy to approximately 200,000 homes.