SaskPower plans latest wind farm; work on 200 MW project to start next year
By On-Site StaffInfrastructure
SaskPower has green-lit a new 200 megawatt wind farm in southwest Saskatchewan with an agreement to purchase power from the planned Bekevar Wind Energy Project.
The Crown utility said June 17 the agreement with Renewable Energy Systems (RES) Canada and Awasis Nehiyawewini Energy Development — owned by the Cowessess First Nation — will generate electricity for up to 100,000 homes. The 25-year deal also sets a new low benchmark price for renewable energy in Saskatchewan.
Construction on the new wind farm, in and around Hazelwood, Sask., is scheduled to start next summer. The turbines are expected to begin feeding power to the province’s grid by the end of 2023.
The Bekevar project is one of four new wind projects on the development docket in the province. Combined, they will add 585 MW of clean power capacity to Saskatchewan’s grid, more than doubling its current wind generation capacity by the end of 2023.