An information night about the wind power project coming to the Weyburn area will be held on July 17th, giving the community a chance to learn more about the project.

In late June, the Saskatchewan Indigenous Investment Finance Corporation (SIIFC) pledged up to one hundred million dollars in loan guarantees for a new renewable wind energy project to be built southeast of Weyburn. In agreement with six Indigenous and Metis partners, Enbridge Inc. has joined with SaskPower to advance the project through a power purchase agreement.  

The Open House will be held on Wednesday, July 17th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Ramada in Weyburn.

"It's new to the area, and I would encourage anybody that have questions or whatever that come out and ask away," said Reeve for the R.M. of Weyburn, Norm McFadden.

"The big thing going into this is to keep an open mind. These things are changing our landscape for sure, but my own opinion is how is that any different from when the first pumpjacks emerged years and years ago when the oil industry took off? So it's just something different, but we'll see how things go," he commented.

McFadden said a frustrating perspective for the industry leaders and workers here in the southeast, "is the technology we have for the CO2 capture down at Estevan and our oil extraction and gas extraction from the ground is probably the most environmentally friendly in the world," he noted. "It's when your own federal government kind of ignores that it gets frustrating, and basically starts forcing the country to look at solar and wind not to replace, as it's never going to replace the coal and natural gas power plants, but I mean it'll help out."

He said he's been making phone calls since the announcement to find out more from those who have some experience in wind power.

"We just gotta make sure we do our homework and go from there," McFadden stated. "But just in the construction phase, if this goes through for the area, I mean that's a pretty substantial boost financially into the local economy. So there's lots of things to take into consideration."

He said while he has never gone up close to a wind turbine, and like most, has only seen them from the highway, he is looking forward to hearing what the ratepayers have to say about the project.

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