About the Paintearth Wind Project
The Paintearth Wind Project (Project) began development in 2011 and includes approximately 31,000 acres of land located forty kilometres (km) southeast of the Town of Stettler. The Project is located in townships 37-16-W4M, 37-15-W4M, and 36-15-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 over three years of collected onsite wind data.
The Project will be approximately 150 megawatts (MW) in size and is anticipated to be under construction in 2018. The Project involves the installation of up to 58 wind turbines, an electrical collection system, access roads and the construction of a new wind collector substation, called the Lanes Lake 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 Lanes Lake 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. PWLP will look to the local community where possible during construction for local trades and other business opportunities.
The Project proposes to connect to Alberta’s electric grid through an existing 240kV transmission line located approximately 12 km north of the Project. This interconnection process will be covered under a separate consultation and application process conducted by Atco Electric.
Potentia Renewables Inc. entered into a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation for the Paintearth Wind Project.
Paintearth Wind Project LP, by its general partner Paintearth Wind Project Ltd. (PWLP) 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.