The Homestead Solar Project is a 400 megawatt (MWac) project located on privately-owned previously cultivated land.
Homestead is located on 2,500 acres of land southeast of the Town of Claresholm. It will use 1,100,000 modules on a single-axis tracker system, 100 inverter and transformer stations, an electrical collection system and access roads.
A substation will connect the project to the Alberta Interconnected Electrical System.
Kiwetinohk is engaging with stakeholders, including landowners and community leaders, in the project area and is undertaking a Participant Involvement Program as part of the Alberta Utilities Commission Rule 007 approval process.
The process is intended to inform and engage landowners, occupants, residents and other potentially impacted stakeholders near the proposed project.
As part of the Participant Involvement Program Kiwetinohk mailed a newsletter to stakeholders within 800 metres of the project and communicated with other interested parties.
Stakeholders and landowners with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact Kiwetinohk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwetinohk has completed comprehensive environmental studies including wildlife studies, vegetation studies, wetlands delineation and habitat mapping for the Homestead Project. These studies and proposed mitigation measures were submitted to Alberta Environment and Parks in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Alberta Environment and Parks will issue a Renewable Energy Wildlife Referral Report following their review.
Kiwetinohk will consult with Alberta Environment and Parks to understand any potential concerns it may have and to incorporate their feedback.
Read our noise and glare studies, here .
Solar is a renewable resource that does not deplete overtime and Homestead is expected to have a project lifespan of more than 35 years. Yet today Kiwetinohk is already planning for site reclamation as part of project planning and development.
Homestead’s project life could be extended through repowering, which involves reusing some of the existing components and replacing other components.
Alternatively Homestead may be decommissioned at the end of project life:
|Initial Public Consultation||October 2021|
|Public Open House||December 2021|
|AUC Submission||March 2022|
|Anticipated AUC Approval||July 2022|
|Municipal Development Permit Application||July 2022|
|Municipal Development Permit Approval||September 2022|
|Start Construction||March 2023|
|Commercial Operations||March 2024|