Greengate Power has received approval from the Alberta Utilities Commission to construct and operate what will be the largest wind farm in Canada, according to the company. The proposed wind farm is being called the Blackspring Ridge I Wind Project and is expected to have a total generating capacity of 300 megawatts.
Construction for the Blackspring Ridge wind farm is set for 2012 in Southern Alberta near the Village of Carmangay, less than 100 miles from the northern border of the United States. When completed in 2013, the wind farm will generate enough power to supply around 100,000 homes.
Greengate is currently exploring wind energy programs that will develop over 1,550 megwatts of power in Canada, but the company is not alone. Alberta has seen a big increase in wind power projects in the last few months, including a new 123 MW farm from TransAlta, and even an 88 MW farm planned by Suncor.
The expansion of wind power in Alberta is promising, but still leaves Canada behind other nations like the United States, China, and much of Europe. Currently, the majority of wind farms are located in the eastern section of Canada, and all of these projects are helping move the country to the goal of generating 20% of its energy needs from wind power by 2025 as outlined by the Canadian Wind Energy Association.