Construction on a large southern Alberta wind farm will start next year.

BHE Canada says it will break ground in 2020 on the 117.9 megawatt (MW) Rattlesnake Ridge project near Medicine Hat.

Once up and running, it’ll generate enough power to supply 79,000 homes.

Company Vice President of Corporate Development, William Christensen says the Rattlesnake project is a leader in the development of new grid-scale wind generation in Alberta. “BHE Canada is excited to take this first step into the Alberta market, providing low-cost, renewable energy. We’re looking forward to more opportunities to invest in Alberta’s energy industry.

This wind farm is expected to provide 150 jobs at peak construction during the next 18 months.

Premier Jason Kenney also commented on the Rattlesnake Ridge project, saying this exciting new energy project will add to Alberta’s impressive renewable energy network, and is a vote of confidence in our economy. “Even more encouraging is that this $200 million project does not rely on government subsidies, but instead relies on the potential and opportunity that exists right here in Alberta.”

Meanwhile, BHE along with Renewable Energy Systems has also put forward permits for the Forty Mile Wind Farm, just east of Bow Island. If this project gets the green light it would become potentially the largest wind power project in Canada, generating just under 400 MW.