The Smoky River Wind Project is being proposed by ABO Wind Canada Ltd. and will have an expected capacity of 160MW. Smoky River Wind will provide a cost-effective source of enough clean energy for approximately 65,000 homes and will contribute to increasing Alberta’s percentage of electricity generation by renewable energy.
The Project would displace approximately 300,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually, which amounts to 7.5 million tonnes of CO2 over the life of the Project. The Smoky River Wind Project Development Area was selected due to favourable wind speeds, land topography, grid capacity and the ability to sign land for project infrastructure. A meteorological tower was erected in the summer of 2022 to verify the wind resource.
Please join ABO Wind Canada to learn about and discuss the latest updates for our 160 MW renewable wind project located between the town of Falher and village of Nampa. Refreshments will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Where: Falher Regional Recreation Complex: 32 Central Avenue N.W.
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
On February 1st, 2023 our new website Smoky River Wind went live. We are happy to answer your questions and hear your feedback!
The Project is proposed on privately-owned land between the Village of Nampa and the Town of Falher, east of Highway 2 (see map). The Project would comprise of up to 25 turbines, each with an expected nameplate capacity of 6.2 to 7.2 MW, a hub height of 100 to 120 metres and a blade length of 80 to 90 metres.
The Project Development Area (see map) covers approximately 3,500 acres, in the Municipal District (M.D.) of Smoky River. The locations of the turbines are currently being assessed and are influenced by many factors including; environmental constraints, stakeholder feedback, and other setback requirements. ABO Wind will provide the forecasted turbine locations in future public materials as information becomes available.
There are several setbacks that ABO Wind considers in order to minimize impact to the community and the environment. These include:
Potential Impacts and Environmental Studies
ABO Wind is working with third-party experts, McCallum Environmental, to perform the required technical and environmental studies needed to support the siting of wind turbines. The studies include:
The Project will have sound-generating infrastructure, which includes wind turbines and a substation. ABO Wind will conduct a third-party noise impact assessment as per Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Rule 012: Noise Control guidelines, to ensure sound generated from the Project will be below required levels.
Shadow flicker can occur at certain times of the year when the sun passes behind a turbine’s moving blades, casting a shadow over a window. Shadow flicker will be modeled and considered through the layout design process for the Project.
Visual simulations will be prepared to demonstrate how the Project will appear on the landscape from various viewpoints.
Environmental field studies commenced in April 2022 and concluded in November 2022. Studies included vegetation, wildlife, and wetlands. ABO Wind will submit the findings to Alberta Environment and Parks following all necessary reporting.
Consultation with Alberta Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women for consideration of any potential archaeological, historical and paleontological sites in the Project Development Area. ABO will look to receive clearance for the Project under the Historical Resources Act.
The project will have an operational life of approximately 25 years, or longer. After this time, ABO Wind will adhere to ‘The Conservation and Reclamation Directive for Renewable Energy Operations’ (AEP, 2018) that stipulates the requirements needed to reclaim the land after the Project has been decommissioned.
|Q2-Q4 2022||Environmental Field Studies|
|Q1 2023||Public Notification and Project Information Package|
|Q1 2023||Submission of Environmental Assessment to Alberta Environment and Parks|
|Q1 2023||Open House|
|Q2 2023||AUC Application Submission|
|Q4 2023||AUC Review and Approval|
|Q3 2024||Start of Construction|
|Q4 2025||Commencement of Operation|
A Renewable Energy Project Submission Report will be completed for Smoky River and submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) for approval. Once this report is issued an application is made to the AUC under Rule 007 – Application – Wind Power Plants 10 Megawatts or greater – urban and rural.
In addition, but not limited to, the following municipal, provincial and federal bodies will be engaged for permits and/or approvals that may be required for the Project:
ABO Wind commits to creating a lasting positive impact in the communities where we develop renewable projects. The Project will generate the following positive benefits for the surrounding community:
The consultation process is guided by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), Rule 007. ABO Wind commits to forthright and meaningful communication that is timely and respectful. Through the ongoing provision of project information, we aim to incite discussion with interested parties and commit to the thoughtful consideration of feedback into our project planning in order to mitigate and avoid impact. Consultation will continue throughout the life of the Project. All correspondence related to the Project will be recorded and submitted as part of the Participation Involvement Program for the AUC Application.
If you have questions about the Regulatory and Consultation Process, you can contact the AUC at 403-592-4500 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.auc.ab.ca.
Tel. +1 (587) 576-5339