ABOUT THE STIRLING WIND PROJECT
The Stirling Wind Project (SWP) began development in 2007 and it is located five kilometres northeast of the Village of Stirling. The SWP received an Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approval for the 113-megawatt (MW) wind power plant, and a permit and licence for the Red Coat Substation in April 2019. Stirling Renewable Energy LP (SRELP) submitted a Letter of Enquiry (LOE) to the AUC for the SWP in Spring 2021, which addressed the recent changes made to the project as detailed in the latest newsletter. The changes received approval from the AUC in December 2021.
Due to the recent change in the turbine model, the SWP has been split into two phases. The larger nameplate capacity of the new turbine model, Siemens 5.0MW, means that fewer turbines are required to meet the 113MW for the SWP. As a result, 5 of the SWP turbines will be built as a second phase (SWP II) to the project (up to 26 MW). While the total combined nameplate capacity of the SWP and SWP II will be higher, the two projects combined will have the same number of turbines (28) as previously approved by the AUC for the SWP.
The SWP will develop 23 turbines and the SWP II will develop 5 turbines. The turbine locations for both phases remain within 50 metres of the currently approved project. The layout map of the SWP and the SWP II is available in the Spring 2021 Newsletter. The nameplate capacity of the SWP will be 113 MW and the SWP II will be up to 26 MW. The SWP II is currently proceeding through the AESO interconnection process, which will determine the feasibility and final generation capacity of the project.
The SRELP has engaged engage local landowners and stakeholders through the SWP’s development process, and we will continue to do so in a way that respects the community member’s needs. We expect that the SWP will benefit the local community in a variety of ways, including creating contract opportunities for local businesses; increasing local spending on goods and services during the development, construction and operational phases; increasing County tax revenues; and providing funding for the surrounding community through a Community Development Fund (CDF). More information on the CDF will be provided at the upcoming virtual open house.
Construction at the SWP will begin in Spring 2022. We will host a virtual open house on May 4, 2022, between 6:30 – and 8 pm to provide more information and updates on the upcoming construction activities. Please register using this link: May 4, 2022 Virtual Open House.
If you have any comments and/or questions regarding the Stirling Wind Project and the start of construction, please submit them to email@example.com before April 30, 2022, to have them answered at the meeting.
Commercial operation is anticipated to begin in Winter 2023 for the SWP and the SWP II.
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SRELP has received approval from the AUC for the SWP and SWP II, as well as the proposed changes outlined in the LOE. Construction at the SWP is anticipated to begin in Spring 2022. The SWP II is still proceeding through the AESO interconnection process. A virtual open house will be hosted for the two projects in early Spring 2022.
SRELP is preparing a Letter of Enquiry (LOE) to submit to the AUC for the SWP, which will address the recent changes made to the project, including having selected a new turbine manufacturer and model and splitting the project into two phases. Details of these changes and updates are available in the latest newsletter.
In December 2018, the Stirling Wind Project was selected for a contract in round 2 of the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) Renewable Electricity Program (REP). As part of REP 2, Stirling Wind Project Limited Partnership (SWLP) partnered with the Paul First Nation Renewable Energy Limited Partnership and a new legal entity, Stirling Renewable Energy Limited Partnership (SRELP), was created.
In April 2019, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) issued approvals for the power plant, substation, and transmission line. Subsequently, SRELP modified the turbine technology for the Project, reduced the number of turbines, and modified associated project infrastructure, ultimately reducing the overall Project footprint. SRELP intends to submit the proposed changes to the AUC for approval in Q3 2019.
Stirling Wind Project Limited Partnership (SWLP) modified the proposed turbine technology, reduced the number of turbines, and modified associated project infrastructure, reducing the overall project footprint. The AUC applications will be amended with the proposed Project changes in the near future. SWLP unsuccessfully bid into the first round of the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) Renewable Electricity Program (REP) but intends to participate in future rounds.
On April 7, 2017, Stirling Wind Project LP (SWLP) submitted applications to the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) under Rule 007 and Rule 012, seeking approval to build and operate the powerplant, substation, and interconnection.
Potentia Renewables Inc. entered into a partnership with Greengate Power Corporation for the Stirling Wind Project. A special-purpose entity, Stirling Wind Project Limited Partnership (SWLP) was created for the Stirling Wind Project.
WHO WE ARE:
Stirling Renewable Energy LP (SRELP) is a partnership between the Paul First Nation Renewable Energy LP and Stirling Wind Project LP (SWLP). SWLP is a partnership between Potentia Renewables Inc. and Greengate Power Corporation. SRELP is a special purpose entity created for the Stirling Wind Project.
Potentia Renewables Inc. is an independent power producer focused on developing, managing and operating renewable energy systems. Potentia Renewables Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Power Corporation of Canada, a diversified international management and holding company.