Open house For Hand Hills Wind Pro­ject Thurs­day

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

With ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, the Hand Hills Wind pro­ject is look­ing at re­duc­ing the num­ber of tur­bines, while at the same time in­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity of the pro­ject.

An open house is be­ing held this Thurs­day to dis­cuss and up­date the com­mu­nity on the Hand Hills wind power pro­ject. BluEarth Re­new­ables has been work­ing on the pro­ject for a num­ber of years. At the pub­lic meet­ing on Novem­ber 29, they will be lay­ing out some of the changes to the pro­ject.

Ac­cord­ing to an email from BluEarth, “wind tur­bine tech­nol­ogy has ad­vanced sig­nif­i­cantly in terms of size, ef­fi­ciency, and cost. Our lat­est pro­ject up­date is be­ing com­pleted to en­sure the pro­ject re­mains com­pet­i­tive in the on­go­ing REP process and other power pur­chase agree­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Be­cause of ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy, the com­pany is able to re­duce the num­ber of wind tur­bines. Orig­i­nally the com­pany’s ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by the AUC to pro­duce 78 MW. With the new tech­nol­ogy, they are ap­ply­ing to pro­duce 130 MW.

There will also be changes to the bound­aries and the lay­out of the pro­ject, pro­posed to be built on pri­vate lands south­east

of the Vil­lage of Delia.

The pro­ject has been in the works for a num­ber of years. BluEarth pur­chased the projects in the fall of 2012. At that time it had gone through the process of stud­ies and as­sess­ments and had gained ap­proval from the Al­berta Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion (AUC) to op­er­ate.

“Since re­ceiv­ing the ap­proval, we have been con­sult­ing with stake­hold­ers, meet­ing with the in­volved mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, and com­plet­ing tech­ni­cal and en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies,” states the com­pany.

In the spring of 2017, the com­pany hosted an open house to dis­cuss amend­ments to its ap­pli­ca­tions, which they are pro­ceed­ing with. They are also plan­ning to sub­mit an ad­di­tional AUC ap­pli­ca­tion.

“The Pro­ject up­dates are nec­es­sary to en­sure we are able to par­tic­i­pate in the on­go­ing Re­new­able Elec­tric­ity Pro­gram (REP) process, and other power pur­chase agree­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as they be­come avail­able.”

Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, if it is suc­cess­ful in its ap­pli­ca­tion and se­cur­ing a power pur­chase agree­ment, they an­tic­i­pate con­struc­tion to be­gin no ear­lier than the spring of 2020.

The meet­ing is this Thurs­day, Novem­ber 29 at the Delia and District Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Those in­ter­ested can drop in be­tween 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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