Sharp Hills Wind Farm announces social investments in the Special Areas

Sharp Hills Wind Farm and EDP Renewables Canada Ltd. (EDPR) have announced the first round of social investments targeting local organizations and projects aimed at supporting communities surrounding the wind farm.
More than $35,000 in total has been dedicated to local organizations including the Consort Community Pool Association, Badlands Baseball Academy, Consort Community and Seniors Centre, and the Shirley McClellan Aquatic Centre in Oyen.
“EDP Renewables believes strongly in supporting the communities nearby our wind farms,” said Ryan O’Connor, Project Manager for Sharp Hills Wind Farm at EDPR. “After many months of meeting with local residents to hear about their needs and priorities, we are proud to announce the recipients of our first round of social investments and look forward to funding more good causes in the future.”
Sharp Hills Wind Farm is located in the Special Areas near the Sedalia and New Brigden hamlets. The wind farm was awarded a 20-year power contract for 248 megawatts (MW) from the Alberta Electricity System Operator (AESO) through the Renewable Energy Program Round 1, a highly competitive tender process.
Commercial operation of the Sharp Hills Wind Farm is expected in 2019. EDPR is currently exploring opportunities to contract additional capacity for the project.
EDPR has been engaging communities surrounding Sharp Hills Wind Farm since 2015.
Last month, EDPR hosted a local supply chain event to inform businesses in the Special Areas about the economic opportunities that the wind farm will provide.
The wind farm is expected to generate hundreds of jobs during construction and bring millions of dollars of new economic activity to the Special Areas.
The wind farm will also create 10-20 permanent jobs throughout its operation.
“Sharp Hills Wind Farm builds on the heritage of energy production in the Special Areas,” said Oyen Mayor Doug Jones.
“We are very happy to see that energy companies are investing in our communities and recognizing both the natural and human resources we have within our region.”

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