Representatives from ABO Wind updated Vulcan County council Dec. 18 about its proposed 400 megawatt (MW) wind farm near Lomond.
Project managers Keaton Lever and Marika Gibson provided council with a project overview and status update of the Buffalo Plains Wind Farm, reads the minutes of the Dec. 18 County council meeting.
An open house and stakeholder consultation have been completed, as well as an environmental assessment of the land, they told council.
The company, which is based in Germany, is planning a third open house for this spring, according to the minutes.
The Buffalo Plains wind farm project would be built on 24,000 acres of privately owned farmland near Lomond.
“The area surrounding Lomond was selected as it is well suited for the development of wind energy due to its large, open agricultural land base, great wind resource, and nearby access to interconnection,” reads ABO’s website. “Based on our assessments, it is a great location to harness the wind for energy.”
ABO plans to install 87 4.6 MW wind turbines on the privately-held land, and anticipates the project being operational in the winter of 2022.
The proposed substation would be located on the southwest quarter of 36-16-21.
The project will be interconnected to the grid through a proposed 12-15 kilometre transmission line, says ABO. The company and Alberta Electric System Operator consult to determine the scope and characteristics of the transmission line.
Existing roads and access points will be used wherever possible, says ABO. About 55 kilometres of new access roads would be built to service turbines.
ABO says 300 workers will be employed during construction and that 10-15 permanent, full time jobs will be created when the wind farm is operating. Property tax payments will be more than $3 million per year during the operations phase, it says.
For more information on the project, visit abo-wind.com/en/.
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