BHE Canada, a subsidiary of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Energy, will break ground on a new wind farm in southeast Alberta in 2020. The new 117.6 MW Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project will be located southwest of Medicine Hat and will produce enough energy to supply the equivalent of 79,000 homes.
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"The Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project is a leader in the development of new grid-scale wind generation in Alberta, being constructed and operated without government subsidies," said William Christensen, Vice President Corporate Development of BHE Canada.
An unnamed Canadian corporate partner has signed a long-term PPA with BHE Canada for the majority of the energy output from the Rattlesnake Ridge Wind project.
"This exciting new energy project will add to Alberta’s impressive renewable energy network, and is a vote of confidence in our economy. Even more encouraging is that this $200 million project does not rely on government subsidies, but instead relies on the potential and opportunity that exists right here in Alberta," said Alberta Premier Jason Kenney.
Privately financed by BHE Canada through a combination of equity and debt, and costing $152.2 million ($200 million Canadian), the project is under development by RES, which will also provide construction and asset management services. The project is expected to provide approximately 150 jobs at peak construction during the approximately18-month schedule.
Once the project is complete, the wind farm will generate electricity from up to 28 wind turbines and is expected to provide approximately 475 GWh per year. Rattlesnake Ridge Wind is expected to begin generating energy for Alberta’s grid in December, 2021.
BHE Canada and RES have also permitted the Forty Mile Wind Farm in the County of 40 Mile in southeastern Alberta and are looking for partners in long-term power purchase agreements. This project will have a generation capacity of 398.5 MW, potentially making it the largest wind power project in Canada, and is located on approximately 40,000 acres of privately-owned land, roughly five kilometres east of the town of Bow Island.