The 46 MW Oldman Phase 2 project operates on 1600 (648 Hectares) of private farmland currently under long term lease. Construction of the project began in September 2013 and commercial operation began in September 2014.
The project was originated by AWEC in 2005. From 2009 to 2013, the Project was co-developed with our joint venture partner, Mainstream Renewable Power. AWEC subsequently sold it’s interest in the project to Mainstream in 2013. Oldman 2 transferred ownership to the IKEA group upon COD in September 2014.
Phase One of the Oldman Project consists of two Vestas V80 turbines with an installed capacity of 3.6 MW. The two turbines have been in operation since March 2007. Interconnection of the project is through the Fortis Alberta distribution grid. Capacity factors for the project have been in the high 30% range since the beginning of operation. The project is 100% owned by ARPP, a joint venture between Boralex and AWEC.
The Old Elm Wind Farm, located 10 km south of the town of Magrath, Alberta, consists of privately owned farmland leased in 2009. Meteorological testing of the site began in early 2010 with very encouraging wind resource measurements to date. The project is being developed by the Alberta Renewable Power Partnership, a joint venture between AWEC and Boralex.
It is expected the project may support up to a 300 MW wind park to be built once suitable transmission infrastructure is completed in the area. The Old Elm & Pothole Creek project is at Gate 3 in the AESO approval process and is waiting to finalize a transmission connection.
For more information please visit www.oldelmwindfarm.ca
The 51 MW Windy Point project will be constructed on a contiguous 1920 acres of private farmland currently under long term lease. This project is located immediately north of the Oldman 2 project site. Wind testing on the site commenced January, 2006 and, to date, the measured wind resource supports the development of the project.
The Windy Point project currently has a development permit from the Municipality of Pincher Creek, provincial authorization from the Alberta Utilities Commission and is construction ready. The construction of the project is scheduled to commence in 2020. The Windy Point project is being developed by the Alberta Renewable Power Partnership, a joint venture between Boralex and AWEC.
For more information please visit www.windypointwindfarm.ca
The Sharp Hills Project is a mid stage development project which was originated by AWEC, and later sold in 2015 to EDPR with ARPLP still maintaining an interest in the project. The project was successful in securing a 20 year contract within Alberta’s REP 1 competition for 250MW and is expected to be in operation by the end of 2019. More specifically the project site lies north of Oyen, Alberta in an area that appears to be very conducive to wind power development. Wind measurement studies commenced in late 2011 while AESO interconnection studies and permitting activities are currently underway.
A newly built 240kV transmission line runs through the project site with potential capacity for a 300 MW wind farm. Environmental studies and permitting activities are expected to be completed in 2017.