The Paintearth Wind Project (PWP) began development in 2011 and includes approximately 31,000 acres of land located forty kilometres (km) southeast of the Town of Stettler. The PWP is located 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 over three years of collected onsite wind data.

In 2017, the Paintearth Wind Project LP (PWLP) applied for approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) for a 44 turbine, 150 megawatt (MW) wind power plant, and a permit and licence for the Lanes Lake Substation. The AUC application was amended in 2018 to reduce the number of turbines and modify the nameplate capacity of the PWP, and the PWLP received a power plant approval and substation permit and licence from the AUC in January 2020. Additional changes were made in 2022 including a reduction in the number of turbines to 38 turbines and a change in the turbine manufacturer and model, and the PWLP submitted a Letter of Enquiry (LOE) to the AUC. Updated approval for the PWP was received in the summer of 2022 and construction is commencing in September 2022.

Construction of the PWP will involve the installation of thirty-eight (38) Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) 145-5.0 turbines, an underground collector system, access roads, upgrades to existing roads, and the construction of a new collector substation (the Lanes Lake Substation). The PWP nameplate capacity will be 198MW. The project layout is available here.

Borea construction has been selected as the construction contractor for the PWP and will begin mobilization on September 19, 2022. Construction activities this fall is expected to be limited to setting up the laydown area, building new access roads and some turning radii, clearing turbine pads, upgrading some of the existing roads, and commencing construction at the Lanes Lake Substation. There will be a slight increase in traffic on the road this fall as the contractor and PWLP get organized at the Project site. Trucks of gravel will be delivered to the site for the construction of the new access roads and road upgrades.

We will continue construction into the winter months as weather allows, resuming full construction in spring 2023. The following is a high-level schedule of upcoming construction activities for the Project, which may be altered by the ongoing global supply chain and shipping availability challenges.

  • Completion of Access Road Construction and Road Upgrades: Summer/Fall 2023
  • Completion of the Lane Lake Substation: Summer 2023
  • Turbine Foundation Installation – Spring to Fall 2023
  • Turbine Deliveries and Erection – Summer to Fall 2023
  • Collector Line Installation – Spring to Fall 2023
  • Project COD – Spring 2024

PWLP has engaged local landowners and stakeholders throughout the project development process, and we will continue to do so in a way that respects the community member’s needs. If you have any concerns or questions about the construction activities commencing at the PWP this fall, please reach out to our Construction Manager: Mike Van Dam via the phone ((431)-777-7706 or by email at mvandam@potentiarenewables.com.

PROJECT UPDATES:

September 2022:

PWLP is commencing construction on September 19, 2022. Construction this fall is expected to be limited to setting up the laydown area, building new access roads and some turning radii, clearing turbine pads, upgrading some of the existing roads, and commencing construction at the Lanes Lake Substation. There will be a slight increase in traffic on the road this fall as the contractor and PWLP get organized at the Project site. The project layout is available here. 

April 2022:

PWLP provided additional details on the PWP in preparation for submitting amendments to the AUC for approval. Details of the updates are available in the April 2022 newsletter.

January 2022:

PWLP is applying for a time extension with the AUC and proposing to amend the PWP layout. Details of the amendment proposals are included in the January 2022 newsletter.

October 2020:

PWLP modified the Project schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic and commercial operation date has been updated to Fall 2023.

January 2020:

The PWP and Lanes Lake 973S Substation received approval from the AUC.

May 2018:

PWLP amended the AUC applications and reduced the number of turbines at the Paintearth Wind Project (PWP) from 44 to 42.

June 2017:

PWLP submitted applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) under Rule 007 and Rule 012, seeking approval for a power plant (Paintearth Wind Project), substation (Lanes Lake 973S), and interconnection.

April 2016:

Potentia Renewables Inc. entered into a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation for the Paintearth Wind Project.

By Mail

Paintearth Wind Project LP, by its general partner Paintearth Wind Project Ltd.
200 Wellington Street W
Suite 1102, PO Box 169
Toronto, ON M5V 3C7

By Phone (Toll Free)

1.855.221.1888

Email

Dan Tocher
Stakeholder Relations Manager
info@paintearthwind.com