Hand Hills Wind Project

Project Summary

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 34 wind turbines, associated access roads and electrical collector lines, which combined will have the capacity to generate up to 78 megawatts (MW) 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.

  • 34 – 2.3 MW turbines with a capacity to generate 78.2 MW of renewable power
  • Located approximately 28 km northeast of Drumheller, Alberta and 3 km south of Delia, Alberta
  • A Permit and License to construct and operate the Project were granted by the Alberta Utilities Commission in 2012.

Project Location

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Further Information
For further information about the Hand Hills Wind Project, please email handhillswind@bluearth.ca call 1-844-214-2578 or register for project updates by email.

May 2014

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On May 13, 2014, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approved BluEarth’s application to extend the completion date of the Hand Hills Wind Project to December 31, 2018.  BluEarth requested the extension because there is a delay in the regulatory process to develop the infrastructure required to interconnect the facility to the Alberta Integrated Electrical System (AIES). The decision can be viewed here.

ATCO Electric, the Transmission Facility Owner in the area, has an application before the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct the transmission infrastructure to connect the Hand Hills Wind Project to the AIES.  However, their application is currently being held in abeyance by the AUC pending the outcome of a separate proceeding dealing with overall transmission constraints and rights within the Province of Alberta. BluEarth asked for an extension to our construction time frame for the Hand Hills project because of the uncertainty about the duration of the abeyance.