Stirling Wind Power Project Environmental Assessment and Approval

Written on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

In 2016 McCallum Environmental completed the environmental assessments (birds, bats, wetlands, watercourses, land use, micro-siting of infrastructure) and environmental effects assessment for successful permitting of the 113MW Stirling Wind Power Project.  The Project is being developed through a partnership between Potentia Renewables Inc. and Greengate Power Corporation.

beThe Stirling Wind Project (Project) began development in 2007 and includes approximately 17,000 acres of land located five kilometres northeast of the Town of Stirling. The Project is located in townships 7-18-W4M, 8-18-W4M and 7-19-W4M on privately owned cultivated 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 seven years of collected onsite wind data.

The Project will be approximately 113 megawatts (MW) in size and is anticipated to be under construction in 2018. The Project involves the installation of up to 46 wind turbines, an electrical collection system, access roads and the construction of a new wind collector substation, called the Red Coat 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 Red Coat 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. SWLP 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 138kV transmission line located west of the Project.

The Project received the Alberta Environment & Parks Referral Report (aka “sign-off”) in 2017.  The Project is currently being reviewed by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

We worked on the Project in conjunction with Bear Tracks Environmental Services.