After receiving the mandate to restore Weather Dancer, Piikani Resource Development Ltd. (PRDL) was contracted for the completion of the servicing and for a thorough assessment of the turbine. This was followed by the corporation releasing a Request for Proposals that resulted in a proponent being selected to complete the needed refurbishment work and to provide O&M services over a 6-year period.
PRDL had contracted with VESTAS to begin the refurbishment of Weather Dancer in November of 2014. A large crane was brought on-site to complete the replacement of the Gear box and Main Bearing. It is anticipated that the wind turbine should remain operational over a 15 to 20 year period. In the years to follow, the Piikani Nation plans to add an additional 5-6 wind turbines that will join Weather Dancer in producing wind energy for transmission on the Nation’s 25 Kv line that connects to the grid at the Peigan Sub-station.