TransAlta Corp. plans to design, build and operate a 66 MW wind power project in southern Alberta. The capital cost of the project is estimated at C$115 million. Commercial operations are expected to commence in the fourth quarter of 2009. Located four kilometers from Fort Macleod, the Blue Trail wind farm will incorporate 22 3MW wind turbines.Â
Â ‘Wind power is a key resource for meeting the demand for competitively priced and environmentally sustainable electricity in the Alberta market,’ says Steve Snyder, TransAlta's president and CEO. ‘This project will be ready to be commissioned by December 2009, which will help alleviate some of the supply concerns in our home market.’
Delivery of the V90 turbines from Vestas is scheduled to begin mid-2009. TransAlta will work with local firms during construction. The project is subject to regulatory and environmental approvals.