Through the implementation of forward-thinking approaches Hemmera has been able to provide considerable cost savings to BluEarth related to wetland compensation requirements.
Hemmera supported BluEarth through the development of the Yellow Lake and Burdett Solar Projects. Hemmera has maintained compliance with Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) and Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) regulators and through the implementation of forward-thinking approaches Hemmera has been able to provide considerable cost savings to BluEarth related to wetland compensation requirements for both projects under the Water Act. As these solar projects neared construction, Hemmera provided consultation and support to maintain compliance with the Conservation and Reclamation Directive and AUC permit requirements. While both Projects are under construction, Hemmera continues to provide environmental support on an as needed basis.
Bear Mountain Wind Park is a 34 turbine, 102 MW wind energy facility located in northeastern British Columbia, owned by AltaGas. The Bear Mountain Wind Park began commercial operation in 2009. At that time, it was the first commercial project to deliver wind-powered electricity to the BC power grid.
Since 2005, Hemmera has been an integral contributor to the project. Hemmera managed the environmental assessment (EA) and application, coordinated the pre-construction studies, and implemented the many commitments associated with environmental approval. In support of the project’s provincial environmental review process, Hemmera compiled EA documentation and liaised with regulatory agencies, undertook technical studies, and carried out environmental, economic, social, and health assessments.
Hemmera also led the adaptive management strategy for birds and bats affected by the wind park’s operation. Our adaptive approach entailed providing biological data for improved decision-making, addressing uncertainty over mitigation requirements, and reducing the costs associated with mitigation.
The Bear Mountain turbines currently generate enough renewable electricity to power most homes in BC’s South Peace region.
An Environmental Assessment Application was completed and submitted to achieve federal and provincial approvals. Hemmera supported the client in obtaining the necessary construction permits within the project implementation timeframe, and completed construction monitoring to the satisfaction of Environmental Assessment Certificate commitments and regulatory requirements. Operations monitoring for the first two to three years of operation was designed and implemented by Hemmera.