Wheatland Wind Project

Wheatland Wind Project

Location: Thirty kilometers southeast of the Town of Drumheller, Alberta.
Capacity: 122.4 MW
Energy Type: Wind Energy

About the Wheatland Wind Project

The Wheatland Wind Project is located approximately 30km southeast of the Town of Drumheller, with an operating capacity of 122.4MW. The Project received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) in September 2018. Construction of the Project involved the installation of 24 wind turbines, an underground collection system, access roads and road upgrades, a project substation (Badlands Substation), an Operations & Maintenance (O&M) building, and temporary construction laydown areas. It began operations on November 30, 2022.

The Wheatland Wind Project will / has benefit the local community in a variety of ways, including:

  • Creation of up to 200 construction and 5-15 permanent local jobs in operations
  • Contract opportunities during construction in excavation and civil works, aggregate supply, etc.
  • Contract opportunities for local businesses in snow clearing, road maintenance, fencing, reclamation, etc.
  • Increased local spending on goods and services during project development, construction and operational phases

Finally, a Community Development Fund has been deployed for the lifespan of the Project itself of $25,000 annually.

Project Updates

The 120-megawatt (MW) Wheatland Wind Project has officially declared commercial operation. The Project will generate more than 400,000 MWh of clean, reliable electricity each year, which is enough to power more than 50,000 Alberta homes.

Badlands Substation has been successfully energized and all turbine components have been delivered. Nine turbine have been erected as of mid-August and turbine installation will continue into October. The first turbine is anticipated to start operating this fall. Construction of the WWP is still on track to be complete by December 2022.

Construction work has restarted at the WWP and Badlands Substation for 2022. Delivery and erection of turbines are scheduled to start in June 2022 and the Badlands Substation will be constructed by June 2022. Construction of the WWP is on track to be complete by December 2022.

Construction concluded at the WWP for this year and planned civil and turbine site construction for 2021 were successfully completed. Construction will commence again in March 2022.

Construction began at the WWP. The first open house was hosted virtually on October 13, 2021, and the local community was updated with information on construction activities, schedule and timeline. The next open house is planned for the early summer of 2022.

On September 8, 2021, the Engineering, Procurement and Contracting (EPC) of the WWP hosted a vendor open house and job fair in Drumheller. The EPC, Skyflo, was recruiting local contractors, businesses and individuals whose services related to the construction of the wind project, and networked with local trades, supplier and workers to foster mutual beneficial relationships.

WWLP submitted an update to Alberta Environment & Parks (AEP) outlining the various changes made to the project, including turbine manufacturer and model, and revisions to the project layout. The Spring 2021 newsletter was also disseminated to the local community.

WWLP evaluated power purchase opportunities and turbine technology updates for the WWP. Consultation on the project continued through 2020.

The AUC granted approval to construct, own, and operate the WWP and the Badlands 981S Substation.

WWLP submitted amendments to the original application with an updated project layout.

WWLP submitted applications to the AUC to construct, own, and operate the power plant, substation, and interconnection infrastructure.

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

Contact the Wheatland Wind Team

Wheatland Wind Project LP
ATTN: Aaron Krabsen
+1 (403) 820-2265
182020 TWP 262
B2230
Drumheller AB T0J 0Y0