About the Golden South Wind Project
The Golden South Wind Project (the Project) is located immediately south and east of the Town of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, approximately 175 kilometres southwest of Regina in the Rural Municipalities of Lake of the Rivers and Stonehenge.
The Project has been in development since 2009 and is located within approximately 34,000 acres of leased agricultural land. The Project will consist of 50 turbines, an underground electrical collection system, a transformer substation, meteorological towers, operations and maintenance building, new access roads and upgrading of some existing roads. Upon completion, the Project will have a generation capacity of 200 megawatt (MW) and is expected to enter into service in 2021.
A Community Liaison Committee (CLC) was established for the Project in September 2019. The purpose of the CLC is to provide a venue for open dialogue with the local community during construction and the start of operations. The fifth CLC meeting took place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, from 6:30pm to 8pm. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this meeting was hosted virtually via Zoom and teleconference. Please visit the CLC page for the meeting agenda, presentation and meeting minutes.
All 50 turbines have been erected as of May 2021 and 17 of the turbines are commissioned and operating. The operational turbines have collectively generated a total of 21,000 megawatts as of April 28, 2021. Delivery of some Project components are delayed due to the escalation of COVID-19 situation overseas. All of the turbines are anticipated to be commissioned by mid-July or early August 2021.
Reclamation activities have began in May 2021 and Borea Construction will complete the reclamation, including, but not limited to:
- Removal of construction debris and other waste from the Project site;
- Recontouring disturbed lands to restore drainage to pre-construction conditions, to the extent possible;
- Replacing, leveling, and de-compacting subsoils and topsoil to prepare for seeding; and
- Seeding disturbed soils within municipal rights-of-way and government road allowances (landowners have indicated a preference to seed their own lands).
Reclamation activities will be completed per the commitments made in the Technical Proposal that was prepared for the Project and approved by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment and the Site Rehabilitation Plan agreed to by the landowners. The Environmental Monitor from PESCA Environment will be onsite to monitor and assess the reclamation activities in progress.
During this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Golden South Wind LP and Borea Construction are serious about working safely in the local community. Specific protocols, in line with the Saskatchewan provincial health orders, have been put in place to protect the community and the workers. These are reviewed regularly based on changing provincial requirements. Details of these protocols are available in the COVID-19 page.
If you have any questions regarding our COVID-19 protocols or the Project in general, please visit our FAQ page or contact us.