Golden South
wind project

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.  

We anticipate the next CLC meeting to take place in late Spring or early Summer of 2022. Further detail of the meeting will be provided on this website and posted in local newspapers. If you have any question, you can reach us at assiniboiawind@potentiarenewables.com

Project Updates

All 50 turbines have been erected and most of the turbines are commissioned and operating as of December 2021. Due to the effects of COVID-19 on equipment production and shipping, the Project is waiting on the last few components to arrive on site. We anticipate that all the turbines will be commissioned by Spring 2022. 

Borea Construction have completed reclamation activities in 2021 per the commitments made in the Technical Proposal that was prepared for the Project and approved by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment (SKMOE) and the Site Rehabilitation Plan agreed to by the landowners. PESCA Environment will routinely monitor and access the reclamation progress. 

A Post Construction Bird and Bat Mortality Monitoring (PCMM) program will be in place at the Project starting in Spring 2022. The PCMM program has been developed in consultation with the SKMOE to monitor and assess the number of bird and bat mortalities. PRI has hired Natural Resource Solutions Inc. (NRSI), a environmental consulting company, to carry out the program. The program will last a minimum of two years and annual survey results will be submitted to the SKMOE. If mortality exceeds specific thresholds, PRI will work with SKMOE on mitigation to reduce mortality. Additional information on the PCMM program will be provided on this website in Spring 2022. 

 

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.

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