Up to 51 turbines
Up to 230 MW
The project is located in the Rural Municipalities of Happy Valley and Hart Butte, approximately 5 km north of Big Beaver and 22 km south of Bengough. The project area is comprised of cultivated cropland and pasture, and land use in the area is predominately ranching and farming.
The Outlaw Trail Wind Project will include a 34.5kV electrical collector system, 34.5kV to 230kV Project substation, an operations and maintenance building, a concrete batch plant during construction, temporary and permanent access roads, and a 230kv transmission line from Project substation to the SaskPower point of interconnection to the west, to be constructed by SaskPower.
Through the Saskatchewan Environmental Review process, we have completed several studies to assess the area and identify sensitive features or species. We recently hosted an open house in November 2019 to provide an update and discuss the project with the local community. If you missed it, you can find the information shared in the ‘Additional Resources’ section below.
We are committed to engaging stakeholders in the decision-making process for the project. We believe that trust is the foundation for long-term successful relationships, and we know that trust is only earned over time, by working together with honest and transparent communications.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Outlaw Trail Wind Project will benefit the local economy with an average of 120 full-time workers during peak construction of the project. In addition, the project will employ six full-time wind technicians and one full-time site supervisor. The project will also provide indirect revenue to the local municipality in the form of local services and supplies, and will pay municipal taxes to the rural community with an estimated annual tax revenue of $800,000 between Hart Butte and Happy Valley. Wind projects provide stable income to local farmers and landowners from land lease agreements and allow farming up to the base of the turbine gravel pad, leading to increased diversification of local landowner income.
The global wind industry collectively continues to engage with experts in science, medicine and occupational and environmental health to monitor ongoing credible research in the area of wind turbines and human health (CanWEA, 2018). Health Canada published its own study in 2014, which found that wind turbine noise exposure was not associated with self-reported medical illnesses and health conditions.
We understand some individuals have concerns about wind facility construction and operation and we take these concerns seriously. The Outlaw Trail Wind Project has been designed to meet or exceed all provincial regulations and guidelines in place to protect human health.
Below are studies on the relationship between wind turbines and human health:
- Health Canada: Wind Turbine Noise and Health Study: Summary of Results
- Journal of Occupations and Environmental Medicine: Wind Turbines and Health: A Critical Review of the Scientific Literature
The noise emissions produced by a wind turbine vary depending on the model and size. As there are currently no regulatory requirements for noise control in Saskatchewan, we are completing detailed noise modeling on the project to align to the Alberta Utilities Commission regulatory requirement of 40dBA at night time at all residences. This is the strictest noise regulation in Canada. The sound pressure level of 40dBA is considered comparable to a quiet library.
The most comprehensive study on wind facilities and property values to-date was conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The study analyzed more than 50,000 home sales near 67 wind facilities across nine U.S. states over ten years and found no statistical evidence that operating wind facilities have had any measurable impacts on home sale prices.
Below are studies on the relationship between wind facilities and property value:
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory: A Spatial Hedonic Analysis of the Effects of Wind Energy Facilities on Surrounding Property Values in the United States
- Canadian Journal of Agricultural Economics: The Effects of Wind Turbines on Property Values in Ontario: Does Public Perception Match Empirical Evidence?
- Journal of Real Estate Research: Wind Energy Facilities and Residential Properties: The Effect of Proximity and View on Sales Prices
No. TV and internet signals are now primarily digital and will not be impacted by this project.