In a significant step towards sustainable energy goals, Pattern Energy, a prominent figure in renewable energy and transmission infrastructure, proudly declared the successful dedication of its 150-megawatt (MW) Lanfine Wind power project located in Alberta, Canada. The momentous occasion was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the project site.
Pattern Energy’s commitment to the community is reflected in the establishment of the Lanfine Wind Community Benefits Program. Over the first 20 years of the project, the program is set to contribute an impressive sum exceeding $1,000,000 to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta. To kickstart this initiative, an initial donation of $75,000 was made. This program aims to support local initiatives and community-based organizations, directly benefiting the residents of Special Area #3 and the Municipal District of Acadia Valley.
Moreover, Lanfine Wind is proving to be a boon for the local community by generating landowner revenue and providing tax revenue, which will be channeled into supporting education, community services, roads, and first-responder capabilities.
The Lanfine Wind project represents a substantial investment, totaling around C$335 million in the province of Alberta. This investment is making a lasting and diverse economic impact on the region. The construction of the project was a significant contributor to economic growth, creating jobs and stimulating economic activity throughout the region. At its peak construction activity, approximately 250 workers were on-site, further boosting the local economy by stimulating demand for goods and services in the rural community.
In addition to the economic benefits, Lanfine Wind is a beacon of clean and renewable energy, powering approximately 30,000 homes in Alberta.
Hunter Armistead, CEO of Pattern Energy, expressed his pride in committing $1 million to the Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta, emphasizing the joint effort in building a cleaner, more sustainable future for the province.
Mayor Doug Jones of Oyen Town welcomed Lanfine Wind, recognizing the real benefits it brings to the region. The Lanfine Wind Community Benefits Program was particularly acknowledged for its potential to provide vital support, significantly impacting and benefiting the entire community in the long run.