Hand Hills Wind Project

Project Summary

The Hand Hills Wind Project is proposed on 7,500 acres of privately owned land near Delia, Alberta, approximately 28 km north east of Drumheller within both Starland County and Special Areas 2. The proposed project consists of, at most, 34 wind turbines, associated access roads and electrical collector lines, which combined will have the capacity to generate up to 78 megawatts of clean renewable energy.

Development work on the project was initiated in 2007. After several years of study including wind resource analysis, environmental and heritage studies and assessments, public and agency consultation and turbine siting, the Hand Hills Wind Project received Alberta Utilities Commission approval to construct and operate on August 31, 2012.  Since then, BluEarth has been consulting with stakeholders, meeting with the involved municipalities, completing technical and environmental studies and preparing for the next steps of this project.

BluEarth held an open house on June 1, 2017 to provide an update to the community and discuss proposed changes to the project.

  • A maximum of 34 turbines with a capacity to generate 78.2 MW of renewable power
  • Located approximately 28 km northeast of Drumheller, Alberta and 3 km south of Delia, Alberta
  • A Permit and License to construct and operate the Project were granted by the Alberta Utilities Commission in 2012.

Project Location

Project Site Map

Further Information
For further information about the Hand Hills Wind Project, please email handhillswind@bluearth.ca call 1-844-214-2578 or register for project updates by email.


Hand Hills Community Meeting

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BluEarth is committed to engaging stakeholders in multiple aspects of our projects. We believe that trust is the foundation for long-term successful relationships, and we know that trust is only earned over time, by working together with honest and transparent communications.

BluEarth held an open house on June 1, 2017 to update the community on the Hand Hills Wind Project, discuss a proposed amendment and answer questions.  If you were unable to attend the open house, check out the poster boards. If you would like further information or to provide feedback on the project or the proposed amendment, please contact projects@bluearth.ca.


Hand Hills: Community Open House

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At BluEarth Renewables, we believe in keeping our neighbours and landowners informed about our projects. BluEarth will be holding an open house to update the community on the proposed Hand Hills Wind Project and respond to questions.

Date: Thursday, June 1, 2017
Time: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm (drop-in)
Location: Delia Community Hall, 218 Main St., Delia

Your feedback is very important to us. Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to call 1-844-214-2578 or email projects@bluearth.ca.

May 2014

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On May 13, 2014, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) approved BluEarth’s application to extend the completion date of the Hand Hills Wind Project to December 31, 2018.  BluEarth requested the extension because there is a delay in the regulatory process to develop the infrastructure required to interconnect the facility to the Alberta Integrated Electrical System (AIES). The decision can be viewed here.

ATCO Electric, the Transmission Facility Owner in the area, has an application before the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct the transmission infrastructure to connect the Hand Hills Wind Project to the AIES.  However, their application is currently being held in abeyance by the AUC pending the outcome of a separate proceeding dealing with overall transmission constraints and rights within the Province of Alberta. BluEarth asked for an extension to our construction time frame for the Hand Hills project because of the uncertainty about the duration of the abeyance.