Construction on McBride Lake began in fall 2002 and was completed in summer of 2003. The facility is made up of 114 Vestas, 660 kW wind turbines. This 75-megawatt facility produces 235,000 megawatt hours a year, enough to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 164,500 tonnes annually.
At a Glance
- Location: South of Fort Macleod, Alberta, adjacent to secondary Hwy. 810.
- Technology: Vestas V47 turbines (660 kW, 50 m tower
- The 50 m tower is made up of rolled steel and comes in two pieces, weighing 24,000 kg
- Each blade is 23 m long; the rotor is 8,500 kg and is made up of three blades
- The nacelle containing the generator and gearbox is about the size of a small motor home and weighs 20,000 kg
- The foundation is 8.5 m deep and 5 m across. 102 tension type bolts run the full length of the foundation
- The sound produced from wind turbines is only 45 decibels at a distance of 200 m
Facts & Figures
Location: Fort Macleod, AB
Capacity (MW): 75
First on-stream: 2003
Revenue Source: LTC
Contract Expiry: 2024