There's been an immediate pause on approvals of all large renewable energy projects.

Alberta's provincial government says it will stop approving all wind and solar power projects greater than one megawatt for the next six months.

Minister of Affordability and Utilities, Nathan Neudorf, says the move comes after rural concerns were raised about development on agricultural land, the effect on scenery, reclamation security and system reliability.

Foothills County council is among those that have raised concerns.

The NDP has responded with a statement that says in part: "Without consultation with industry stakeholders, the UCP government announced Thursday that the Alberta Utilities Commission will pause approvals of new renewable electricity generation projects over one megawatt until Feb. 29, 2024, placing 15 projects in regulatory limbo and stranding jobs."

Nagwan Al-Guneid, Alberta NDP critic for Energy and Climate, whose former role focused on advancing large-scale renewables in Alberta prior to entering politics, added the announcement places Alberta’s reputation as the capital of wind and solar energy in Canada at serious risk at a time when it’s attracting more than $4 billion in investment.