Vulcan Solar can be ready for construction in Spring 2017
EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, says it plans to soon begin construction of the largest development of a utility-scale solar project in Western Canada, the company announced in a press release.
The proposed 77.5 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is located in Vulcan County near the Village of Carmangay.
Once operational Vulcan Solar’s 300,000 ground-mounted solar PV panels will offset over 85,000 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
The power will be sold into the Alberta Power Pool, energizing more than 12,000 homes and businesses across Alberta, while employing more than 270 workers during the peak of construction.
Vulcan Solar can be ready for construction in Spring 2017.
“The Alberta government has created a positive investment climate for new renewables and Vulcan Solar solidifies our commitment to investing in Alberta by working collaboratively with the communities where we do business,” saidCory Basil, EDF EN Canada VP of development.
Vulcan Solar is located within the footprint of the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, a 300MW facility, and will be the first utility scale ‘Hybrid Renewable Energy Project’ in Canada and one of the largest hybrid facilities in North America.
“EDF EN Canada has engaged with the Village of Carmangay regarding the development of their Vulcan Solar Project, including hosting two open houses in the Village. Having worked closely with the Vulcan Solar development team, we fully support this exciting project and look forward to additional investment in our area,” said Kym Nichols, the Mayor of the Village of Carmangay.
Developing and constructing renewable energy projects since 2008, EDF EN Canada Inc. now has 1.6 GW of solar and wind projects in operation or in construction across Canada.
Approval for Vulcan Solar was granted subject to provisions of the Hydro and Electric Energy Act and the Alberta Utilities Commission Act.