Hand Hills Wind Project

Project Overview

The Hand Hills Wind Project is proposed on approximately 10,000 acres of privately owned land near Delia, Alberta, 28 km northeast of Drumheller within both Starland County and Special Areas 2.

Development work on the Hand Hills Wind Project has been ongoing since 2007, including several years of studies. The project received Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approval to construct and operate on August 31, 2012.  Since then, BluEarth has been consulting with stakeholders, meeting with the involved municipalities, completing technical and environmental studies and preparing for the next steps of this project.

We will be filing an amendment application to the AUC to reflect changes to the project including updated technology, adjusted turbine locations, an overall reduced number of turbine locations, and an increased project capacity. If the project is awarded a contract to produce energy, we anticipate that construction would begin no earlier than April 2020.

Upcoming Open House

As part of our commitment to ongoing engagement with the community, we will be hosting an open house to provide a project update and receive stakeholder feedback.

Thursday, November 29, 2018
4 – 8 p.m. (drop-in)
The Delia & District Community Center
210 Main Street, Delia

Project Amendments

In the proposed amendment to the Hand Hills Wind Project, the project boundary has been optimized to accommodate an updated layout and is still proposed on private lands southeast of the town of Delia.

The proposed changes include the following:

  • Removal and adjustment of turbine locations to reflect a reduction in the number of project turbines
  • Update wind turbine technology to the Siemens Gamesa 4.5 MW turbine.
  • Increase the capacity of the project from 78 MW to 130 MW, using the optimized project boundary and reducing the number of turbines required.

Project Location

Proposed Project Layout

Further Information
For further information about the Hand Hills Wind Project, please email handhillswind@bluearth.ca call 1-844-214-2578 or register for project updates by email.

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Hand Hills Community Meeting

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BluEarth is committed to engaging stakeholders in multiple aspects of our projects. 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.

BluEarth held an open house on June 1, 2017 to update the community on the Hand Hills Wind Project, discuss a proposed amendment and answer questions.  If you were unable to attend the open house, check out the poster boards. If you would like further information or to provide feedback on the project or the proposed amendment, please contact projects@bluearth.ca.

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Hand Hills: Community Open House

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At BluEarth Renewables, we believe in keeping our neighbours and landowners informed about our projects. BluEarth will be holding an open house to update the community on the proposed Hand Hills Wind Project and respond to questions.

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (drop-in)
Location: Delia Community Hall, 218 Main St., Delia

Your feedback is very important to us. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call 1-844-214-2578 or email projects@bluearth.ca.

May 2014

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On May 13, 2014, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approved BluEarth’s application to extend the completion date of the Hand Hills Wind Project to December 31, 2018.  BluEarth requested the extension because there is a delay in the regulatory process to develop the infrastructure required to interconnect the facility to the Alberta Integrated Electrical System (AIES). The decision can be viewed here.

ATCO Electric, the Transmission Facility Owner in the area, has an application before the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct the transmission infrastructure to connect the Hand Hills Wind Project to the AIES.  However, their application is currently being held in abeyance by the AUC pending the outcome of a separate proceeding dealing with overall transmission constraints and rights within the Province of Alberta. BluEarth asked for an extension to our construction time frame for the Hand Hills project because of the uncertainty about the duration of the abeyance.