Suncor approves $300-million wind farm project in southern Alberta

Calgary-based Suncor Energy Inc. has announced it will move forward with a $300-million wind power project in the County of Forty Mile, located in southeastern Alberta.

The project, dubbed the Forty Mile Wind Power Project, will be developed in two phases, according to the company.

Construction for the first phase will begin this year, and the completed project is expected to include 89 wind turbines for a total of 400 megawatts.

Steve Wikkerink, reeve of Forty Mile County, said tax revenue from the new wind turbines would help to offset taxation lost from oil and gas downturns.

“If we didn’t have these windmills on the horizon to give us a little bit of glimmer of hope to keep our budget at par, things would look pretty bleak,” he said. “I would think we would be seriously thinking about cutting some services, possibly some positions, because the money isn’t there.”

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