The Hand Hills Wind Project is proposed on 7,500 acres of privately owned land near Delia, Alberta, approximately 28 km north east of Drumheller within both Starland County and Special Areas 2. The proposed project consists of, at most, 34 wind turbines, associated access roads and electrical collector lines, which combined will have the capacity to generate up to 78 megawatts of clean renewable energy.
Development work on the project was initiated in 2007. After several years of study including wind resource analysis, environmental and heritage studies and assessments, public and agency consultation and turbine siting, the Hand Hills Wind Project received Alberta Utilities Commission approval to construct and operate on August 31, 2012. Since then, BluEarth has been consulting with stakeholders, meeting with the involved municipalities, completing technical and environmental studies and preparing for the next steps of this project.
BluEarth held an open house on June 1, 2017 to provide an update to the community and discuss proposed changes to the project.