Where is the Golden South Wind Project located?
The Project is located 2 kilometres (km) south and east of the Town of Assiniboia.
What is the size of the Project?
The Project will have 50 turbines, each standing 110 metres (m) tall. There will be approximately 29 km of access roads and a total of approximately 3.2 km of upgraded and new municipal roads.
When will the wind farm be ready to generate power?
The Project is anticipated to enter into service in early 2021.
How much power will the Project produce?
The Project has a capacity of 200 megawatt (MW) and will generate enough electricity to power 90,000 Saskatchewan homes.
What is the cost of the energy?
The cost of the electricity produced by the Project is less than 4 cents per kWh.
Will you be engaging members of Saskatchewan’s First Nations Communities?
As part of the SaskPower’s procurement requirement, GSW LP has committed to employing a certain percentage of Indigenous workers, and we anticipate that the Project will provide at least 26,000 hours of employment for Indigenous individuals.
What is your policy on hiring locally?
The Golden South Wind LP (GSW LP) strongly prefers to hire locally when possible and encourages all interested community members to apply for positions as they become available. We also encourage our contractors to hire locally whenever possible.
What efforts did you make to hire local workers?
Job fairs were organized in late 2019 in Regina, Moose Jaw and Assiniboia, as well as in the Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation community.
Why are there so many out of province workers?
Some work requires specialized experience and training that is not readily available in Saskatchewan. Over the past few years, that experienced labour pool has grown, to the point where roughly half of our skilled positions can be sourced from Saskatchewan, but we still require specialized skills from out of the Province.
Are there any workers onsite that have travelled from outside of Canada in the last 14 days?
Any of our workers who have travelled outside of Canada are required to self-isolate for 14 days per Provincial health orders. Please visit our COVID-19 page for more information on our construction contractor Borea Construction’s protocols.
Will the Project create indirect employment?
Yes, the Project will create indirect employment during both the construction and operations phase. Some of the indirect employment will be related to supplies, materials and hospitality.
Does the Project contribute to the local economy?
Yes, the Project greatly contributes to the local economy via many avenues. Aside from creating new employment opportunities, directly or indirectly linked to the construction and operations, the Project will pay more than $1.5 million in local property taxes and landowner leases each year during operations. In addition, GSW LP has pledged an annual contribution of $100,000 between the Rural Municipality (RM) of Lake of the Rivers and the RM of Stonehenge to fund community projects.