With several green power contracts expiring in 2018, the solar power sector is leaping at the chance to sell the idea of Alberta’s first solar farm.
This past week, the Notley Government put out a request for information on the facility, which would generate 135 thousand megawatt hours a year, powering several government-owned buildings.
John Gorman is President of the Canadian Solar Industries Association. He says despite the large number of watts the project is actually fairly small.
“It does sound like a big number,” says Gorman, “but with the scale of electricity generation that Albertans are used to, what we’re talking about here is probably around 100 megawatts, which is not a very large electricity plant.”
However, if the project goes forward, Gorman says it will increase the amount of solar-generated energy in Alberta by a factor of ten. He says the industry is optimistic about the move.
“There’s a great deal of enthusiasm,” Gorman says, “and I’d say cautious excitement, about Alberta taking this first step to look at what sort of project we can deliver here that’s of a utility scale.”
And, Gorman adds, there’s enough interest from industry that Government should get enough proposals to get a clear picture of what solar power brings to the table. (ms, News Talk 770)