Pattern Energy Group has completed the construction and begun operations at its Lanfine Wind power project in Alberta, Canada.
This 150 MW wind project represents Pattern Energy’s first facility in Alberta, expanding its presence as one of the largest operators of wind power in Canada. The Lanfine Wind project utilizes powerful Vestas V150 4.3 MW turbines, which can collectively power 30,000 homes in Alberta annually.
Over the past decade, Pattern Energy has brought 11 wind energy projects to operation across five provinces, creating employment opportunities and generating significant economic benefits for local communities. This expansion not only contributes to Canada’s renewable energy goals but also supports the growth of the clean energy sector and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Pattern Energy has entered into a 10-year power purchase agreement with West Fraser, a wood products company, for approximately 50 percent of the Lanfine Wind facility’s output. This agreement aligns with West Fraser’s commitment to reducing its scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 46.2 percent by 2030. Such partnerships between renewable energy producers and large corporations play a vital role in accelerating the transition to a more sustainable energy future.
The Lanfine Wind project has also demonstrated its commitment to local communities. The Town of Oyen, where the project is located, appreciates Pattern Energy’s dedication to being a good neighbor and acknowledges the support provided to local businesses. The project’s Community Benefits Program, with a $2 million commitment over the first 20 years of operation, will support local initiatives and community-based organizations, further benefiting the surrounding area.
The Lanfine Wind project has had a significant positive impact on the local economy during its construction phase, with approximately 250 workers involved in peak construction activity. This not only provided employment opportunities but also boosted local businesses and services, benefiting the rural community. Additionally, the project will generate landowner revenue and contribute to tax revenue, directly supporting education, community services, infrastructure development, and first-responder capabilities.
Pattern Energy’s investment in Lanfine Wind underscores its commitment to sustainable and diverse economic growth in Alberta. The project’s successful financing with the National Bank of Canada and Siemens Financial Services further highlights the confidence in the long-term viability and profitability of renewable energy projects in the region.
With the addition of the Lanfine Wind project, Pattern Energy’s operational wind energy portfolio in Canada now consists of 11 facilities spread across five provinces. This expansion solidifies the company’s position as a leading renewable energy provider in the country and underscores its ongoing commitment to driving the transition to a clean and sustainable energy future.