SaskPower and Algonquin Power have agreed on a change of location for a 177 MW wind project in Saskatchewan.
The project was originally planned for a site near Chaplin; however, the site needed to be changed due to environmental concerns, the companies say.
Now, with support from SaskPower and in accordance with guidelines established by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment, Algonquin has selected the Blue Hills area, which is located between Herbert and Neidpath in southwest Saskatchewan.
“The Blue Hills project plays a key role in our ability to achieve our goal of doubling our renewable generating capacity by 2030,” says Mike Marsh, SaskPower’s president and CEO. “We’re expecting wind power to make up about 30 percent of our capacity within that same timeframe, so we anticipate there will be many more opportunities for wind and other renewable energy projects in the future.”
The project will now proceed to the regulatory review permitting process through the Ministry of Environment, the companies say. An in-service date is expected for 2020.