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Castle Rock Bridge Wind Farm

Castle Rock Ridge Wind Farms

Soaring vistas, snow-capped peaks – the dramatic Alberta landscape is legendary. But it offers more than scenic views alone: the mighty ridge of the Rockies that courses through the province generates a forceful wind. At the Castle Rock Ridge I & II and Riverview wind farms in Pincher Creek, Alberta – our northernmost plants in the Western Hemisphere – we’re harnessing that power to generate sustainable value for our host communities.

The project

Harnessing the power of Alberta

Located in the Town of Pincher Creek, Alberta, the Castle Rock Ridge I & II wind farms generate enough wind power to meet the needs of over 27,000 Canadian households each year. Castle Rock Ridge I began operating in 2012 as Enel Green Power’s first entry into Alberta, with 33 turbines representing 76.2 MW of capacity. In 2020, the company began operating Castle Rock Ridge II, a 29.4 MW project that will supply its net power output and renewable energy credits to the Alberta Electric System Operator. A third wind farm, Riverview, also came online in Pincher Creek this year.

Technology

Wind

Status

Operative

Capacity

105.6 MW (76.2 + 29.4)

Energy production

310 GWh annually (200 + 110)

CO2 Emissions avoided

210,000 tons per year

Timeline

Milestones

Start of operations

Enel Green Power announces the start of operations at Castle Rock Ridge I.

Offtake agreements

In a major company milestone, Enel Green Power wins a tender from the Alberta Electric System Operator to develop new wind capacity through two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements, one of which will be fulfilled by Castle Rock Ridge II.

Start of construction

Construction begins on Castle Rock Ridge II.

Start of operations

Enel Green Power announces the start of operations at Castle Rock Ridge II and the neighboring Riverview wind farm after a challenging but successful construction process through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our Corporate Partners

Castle Rock Ridge II – along with another Enel Green Power wind farm in Pincher Creek, Riverview – is generating sustainable power for Albertans. The project will supply its net power output and renewable energy credits to the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”) under two 20-year Renewable Energy Support Agreements (“RESAs”), awarded in 2017 through a tender launched by AESO.

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Community Impact

Enel Green Power is committed to creating long-term shared value for its host communities and supports critical initiatives in the Pincher Creek area. Enel has supported community needs such as the wind energy education program at Lethbridge College and the Pincher Creek Maker Centre, a youth-led facility for the development of skills and capabilities in art, design, coding, robotics and other technical areas.  Additionally, Enel Green Power has fostered relationships with the Piikani Nation to further Indigenous economic reconciliation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Enel committed additional funds to the Town of Pincher Creek Family and Community Support Services and the Piikani Nation Emergency Package for local businesses and food security services.

 

“It’s really cool to have [Enel] here and not just be the name on the side of the wind turbine but be invested in the community. And seeing that industry is invested in us as youth is really empowering.” 

Dalton Bonertz, Secretary of Pincher Creek Trailbreakers Club, Matthew Halton High School

Work progress status

Status of construction phase

Construction of the Castle Rock Ridge II wind farm took place from 2019-2020. The construction process followed Enel Green Power’s Sustainable Construction Site model, a collection of best practices aimed at minimizing the impact of plant construction on the environment, waste, water and people.

Workers 550

Workers 550 Jobs (Castle Rock Ridge II and Riverview), including 34 local hires through local contractors

Investment >8

Investment >8 Million dollars in local investment. $519K dollars in local spending during construction of Castle Rock Ridge II and Riverview

Recycle: 73%

Recycle: 73% Waste diversion

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