A 500-megawatt wind farm proposed for Vulcan County is headed to the Alberta Utilities Fee.
If authorised, the wind farm could be the third main inexperienced vitality improvement within the county.
The undertaking, known as the Buffalo Plains Wind Farm, is deliberate for a web site close to Lomond, Alta., which is round 175 kilometres southeast of Calgary.
It might include 83 wind generators unfold throughout 24,000 acres (9.7 hectares) of privately owned farmland.
Jason Schneider, the reeve of Vulcan County, says the towers might be bigger than regular.
“The peak of the tower itself is about 115 metres and the blade is about 170 metres in diameter. To place that compared, the Calgary Tower is 191 metres tall,” he instructed the Calgary Eyeopener.
He says this will produce a considerable quantity of energy, which might be round six megawatts per tower.
“The towers have undoubtedly grown considerably and … they’re producing 3 times the ability as properly.
Extra jobs in county
The reeve says an added bonus is that the undertaking would carry much-needed tax income and jobs to Vulcan.
“They’re proposing about 300 building jobs after which the everlasting jobs could be 10 to fifteen vary,” he mentioned.
“So far as everlasting jobs, it’s fairly a bit decrease than another industries, however the building strategy of that is fairly substantial and it does make use of lots of people for a pair years, for positive.”
Vulcan can also be residence to the Blackspring Ridge Wind undertaking, which, when it was put in in 2014, was the biggest single web site in Canada.
“We do have just a little little bit of expertise within the wind sector. After which we even have a photo voltaic farm that’s within the strategy of being constructed proper now,” mentioned Schneider.
He says having this sector come to their county has modified the panorama by way of investments.
“For tough numbers, when the Blackspring Ridge undertaking got here on-line, it was about 20 per cent of all of the county’s whole tax base, which is, you understand, fairly substantial,” he mentioned.
“While you evaluate it to on the very peak of oil and gasoline (in 2004 and 2005) that made up 50 per cent of our tax base. So it is large numbers and so they undoubtedly change issues.”
The utility fee will hear public submissions on the wind farm till Feb. 24., however in the end it’s a provincial choice versus municipal, Schneider says.
“We undoubtedly do hear folks with some present considerations on these, particularly while you’re proposing towers which might be taller than the Calgary Tower,” he mentioned.
“Finally, the Alberta Utility Fee is the one which type of makes the ultimate choice.”
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With information from the Calgary Eyeopener.