A large-scale wind energy project in Saskatchewan has been approved by Environment Minister Dustin Duncan.
Called the Blue Hill Wind Energy Project, construction of up to 56 wind turbines is expected to begin next year and possibly running as early as 2021.
The turbines will be located south of Herbert in the southwestern portion of the province.
The provincial government says they will add 177 megawatts of wind energy for SaskPower customers — enough to power over 70-thousand Saksatchewan homes.
The project will be developed and operated by Algonquin Power Company, a subsidiary of Algonquin Power and Utilites Corporation.
The company chose cultivated agricultural land south of Herbert, to construct the turbines, in order to avoid impacting native prairie grassland and wildlife habitat.