|Owner||Windrise Wind LP, a wholly owned subsidiary of TransAlta Corporation|
|Project||New Wind Project|
|Location||29 km Southwest of Fort Macleod, Alberta|
|Turbines||43 Siemens-Gamesa 4.8 MW, 90 m hub height|
|Role||Project Management, Engineering and Construction Management|
The Windrise Wind Project (the Project) has a maximum capacity of 206 MW, consisting of a total of 43 wind turbines and is located approximately 29 km southwest of Fort Macleod, Alberta. The Project is adjacent to TransAlta’s operating Soderglen and Ardenville Wind facilities. The Project was bid into the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) Renewable Energy Program (REP) Round 3 process in the fall of 2018. In December 2018, the AESO announced TransAlta as one of three successful proponents in the REP Round 3 process and was awarded a 20-year long-term contract. Construction of the Project commenced April 2020 and is currently scheduled for completion in 2021.
The Project is located on privately owned lands which are mainly utilized for agricultural purposes for either livestock grazing or crop cultivation purposes. The land is generally on prairie level on the northwest portion, sloping down to the Waterton River to the southeast. The surface topography varies from flat to undulating with regional drainage from northwest toward the southeast and local drainage toward nearby low-lying areas. The general subsurface stratigraphy at the borehole locations comprised a surficial layer of topsoil overlying clay and clay till, underlain by bedrock.
TransAlta through its wholly owned subsidiary, Windrise Wind LP is the Project developer and Canadian Projects Limited, A Tetra Tech Company (CPL), is acting as project manager and is the project engineer and construction manager. Engineering design for the Project is completed directly by CPL, specialist consultants to CPL, and other engineering firms under the direction of CPL.
Key features include:
- 43 x Siemens-Gamesa SG 4.8 (90 m hub height) wind turbine generators
- Rotor/blade diameter of 145 m
- Approximately 22.6 km of access roads
- Two different foundation sizes