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RES Canada announces completion of Alta.’s largest wind project

150-megawatt Halkirk Wind project, owned by Capital Power LP, finished after 14 months of build time



MONTREAL—Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) says construction of Alberta’s largest wind project to date is now complete.

According to the wind and solar construction firm, the 150-megawatt Halkirk Wind project, owned by Capital Power LP, is finished after 14 months of build time.

The project is comprised of 83 Vestas V90 1.8MW turbines, according to RES Canada.

“RES Canada is proud to have constructed Alberta’s largest wind farm,” RES Canada vice-president of development Peter Clibbon said in a statement.

“The province has abundant wind resources, and we look forward to working on other projects like Halkirk, which will drive investment and create jobs.”

At its peak, RES Canada had 360 skilled workers on site.

The $346-million project is located in central Alberta near the town of Halkirk, about 200 kilometres southeast of Edmonton.

RES Canada says it will provide enough energy to power approximately 50,000 average Alberta homes.

Halkirk Wind’s electricity is sold into the Alberta spot market, and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is purchasing the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) under a 20-year fixed-price agreement.

RES Canada is currently constructing the Montana-Alberta Tie-Line, a 345-kilometre high-voltage power line between Lethbridge, Alta., and Great Falls, Mont.

The announcement of the completion of the Halkirk Wind project comes a day after RES Canada announced construction was starting on the 270MW South Kent Wind project, Ontario’s largest wind farm.

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