A Calgary-based company has been given the green light from provincial regulators in Alberta to construct what is expected to be the country’s largest wind energy project. The Alberta Utilities Commission has granted final approval to construct and operate the Blackspring Ridge I Wind Project which could be online as soon as 2013. PES reports . . .
Upon completion, the Blackspring Ridge I Wind Project is expected to be Canada’s largest operating wind energy project with a total generating capacity of 300 MW. The project is located in Southern Alberta in Vulcan County near the Village of Carmangay, about 165 kilometers south east of Calgary.
“This is the last major regulatory approval we require to commence construction on the Blackspring Ridge project,” says Dan Balaban, President and CEO of Greengate Power. “Our next step is to finalize the financing and the detailed engineering on the project. We are in the process of finalizing the selection of the contractor. We are planning to start construction on the project in 2012, with completion set for 2013,” he said.
“We worked with Stantec for the environmental assessment of the project and GL Garrad Hassan completed the wind design, engineering and assessment work.”