Up to 50 MW
PPA with the City of Edmonton
The Wheatcrest Solar Project is located on approximately 320 acres of privately owned land in the Municipal District of Taber, approximately 13 km north of Enchant, Alberta. The land is predominately used for agricultural purposes.
With decades of experience, we have a team of internal experts to take projects from conception and make them a reality. Our team works in close consultation with government agencies and key stakeholders to site, build and operate our facilities responsibly. To learn more about our approach to project development, click here.
Development work first began on the Wheatcrest Solar Project in 2018. Over the last year, our team has completed environmental studies in the area, including biophysical and wetland evaluations, and consulting with local landowners. As we prepare to begin construction on the Wheatcrest Solar Project, in August 2022, we hosted a community open house for the public to learn more about the Project and meet our team.
In April 2021, we submitted our project application with the Alberta Utilities Commission (Proceeding 26496). The application included an environmental evaluation, participant involvement program, noise impact assessment, solar glare assessment, and summarized our overall approach to construct and operate the Project responsibly. In July 2021, the AUC approved the project and a permit was issued.
As the next steps in project development, BluEarth applied for a development permit with the MD of Taber and this approval was received in March 2022. The Project also progressed through the interconnection process, and the Facility Application for the Project transmission line was filed with the AUC in July 2022. In June 2022, we announced a power purchase agreement with the City of Edmonton for our Wheatcrest Solar Project.
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.
For more information on the Wheatcrest Solar Project, please email us at email@example.com or call 1-844-214-2578.
The Wheatcrest Solar Project will involve the installation of bi-facial solar photovoltaic panels, trackers, panel racking systems, internal access roads, cabling, electrical inverters and other related electrical equipment. The project equipment will be contained within two quarter sections of land.
Transmission Line Development
To connect the Wheatcrest Solar Project to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System, a 138-kilovolt transmission line and the Wheatcrest 1039S Substation are being proposed within privately owned land in 22-015-18W4.
If you have questions about the project or would like to provide feedback, please contact the siting team directly at 403-589-4156.
- Project Information Hand Out (November 2021)
- Project Information Hand Out (January 2022)
- Project Overview Maps
- Information regarding electric and magnetic fields
- Information relating to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)
- Information regarding the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and Project need
- Project Newsletter (November 2021)
- Project Newsletter (July 2022)
- Project Open House Information Boards (August 2022)
- Project Open House Layout Map (August 2022)
To ensure the safety of the community with the COVID-19 pandemic, we did not host an in-person open house for the Wheatcrest Solar Project in 2020. The below information package was mailed to all stakeholders, and we invited feedback through one-on-one phone meetings with our project team or by email.