Blade-signing part of project

With the Halkirk wind project taking shape, area residents will get an opportunity to sign a blade for history sake Sept. 19 in Halkirk.

With the Halkirk wind project taking shape, area residents will get an opportunity to sign a blade for history sake Sept. 19 in Halkirk.

“Capital Power appreciates the warm welcome from the community — now, we want to return the favour,” said Michael Sheehan, the company’s media relations manager.

A barbecue, giveaways and kids’ activities are part of the festivities, set for the Halkirk rodeo grounds from 4 to 7 p.m.

“As we progress with construction of the project, we want to give residents the chance to be part of it up close and sign a blade stretching a whopping 44 metres in length,” Sheehan said. “Come leave your mark on history, as Alberta’s largest clean-energy project takes shape.”

After that, the blade will be erected on one of the turbines, he said.

“Hopefully, it will be close to the road where people can see it.”

A similar blade-signing ceremony in late June at Tumbler Ridge, B.C., attracted about 1,000 people, Sheehan said.

With 15 turbines already erected in the northwest corner of the project, northeast of Halkirk, work will progress to the east before proceeding south of Highway 12.

“All 83 of the wind turbines are expected to be assembled by mid-October,” Sheehan said of the turbines being constructed between Halkirk and Castor.

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