Construction of Phase 1 of Whitla Wind began in September 2018 and is scheduled for completion in Q4 2019 with capacity of 201.6 MW. The full project, with planned capacity of 298.8 MW, is located on approximately 33,000 acres of land in the County of Forty Mile, Alberta. Construction costs for Phase 1 are expected to be between $315 and $325 million (reflects original projected total construction costs. Actual spend is expected to be in line with this range with the exception of foreign exchange rate impacts which are largely economically hedged).
*Expected Q4 2019 – *201.6 MW Phase 1 (298.8 MW Planned Total)
Capital Power submitted its combined Power Plant and Substation Application to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) under Rule 007 for regulatory approval in October 2017. On August 30, 2018, the AUC found the project to be in the public interest and approved both phases of the Project. As part of this regulatory application, Capital Power received a sign-off for the Project’s Environmental Evaluation from Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP). Capital Power has submitted applications to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) requesting the ability to interconnect to the existing transmission infrastructure within the proposed project area. In May 2018, the AESO and AltaLink respectively filed their Transmission Needs Identification Documentation (NID) and Facilities Applications (FA) with the AUC.
- Phase 1 of the project is comprised of 56 Vestas V136 – 3.6 MW wind turbines with a hub height of 105 metres and blade rotor diameter of 136 metres
- Phase 1 of the project was selected in December 2017, by the Alberta Electric System Operator, in the first round of the Renewable Electricity Program
- Project has the potential to generate enough electricity to power 67,000 Alberta homes annually (based on average household energy consumption of 12,000 kWh per year)
Our goal for every project, every facility and every initiative, internal and external, is to build, operate, and align with the interests and priorities of those closest to, and most impacted by, our operations. During construction, we are conscious of local economic and community activity and work safely, responsibly and efficiently to minimize disruptions.
At Capital Power, we contribute to the communities in which we operate with the aim of building a sustainable future for all. We engage our neighbours, consider their interests and build real relationships. We aim to source supplies and services locally for our operations, as well as hire from the community, when possible. At Whitla Wind:
- We expect 280,000 to 300,000 construction hours to be required for the project, creating excellent employment opportunities.
- Construction activities are expected to peak during summer of 2019 with approximately 250 to 300 workers on site.
- Our permanent presence in the community will include a newly built office and approximately 8-10 full-time positions in operations, maintenance and management for Phase 1 of the project.
- Our permanent presence will also contribute significantly to the local economy through a new and steady stream of municipal tax revenue, annual lease revenues to project landowners, and economic offshoots for local businesses.
We give back where we live and work by supporting local organizations and our employees’ community participation through our corporate giving programs.
Recent community support includes:
- Bow Island Foremost Victim Services Golf Tournament
- Bow Island Children’s Festival
- Forty Mile Regional FCSS
- Annual Foremost Rodeo
- Burdett 105th Anniversary Committee
- Foremost Municipal Library
- Bow Island Municipal Library
- Pleasant View Seniors Lodge
- Bow Island Minor Hockey Association
- Southern Alberta MedicAir Society OA HALO
- County of Forty Mile Food Bank
- Bow Island and District Health Foundation
Whitla Wind advances our disciplined growth strategy as we continue to expand our renewable energy portfolio, which supports our long-term vision for sustainability and green energy sources.
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