Federal government invests $15.3 million in solar energy project near Suffield

By Charles Lefebvre
January 24, 2019 - 10:48am Updated: January 24, 2019 - 7:21pm

 

CALGARY, AB — The federal government is providing funding for a solar project which will be constructed near Suffield.

Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Natural Resources, announced $15.3 million in funding over two years for the Suffield Solar Project Thursday morning in Calgary.

“Increasing our expertise, creating jobs and forging ahead with new technologies in high-growth industries like solar will help ensure Canada's success,” Sohi said in a statement. “On top of providing new sources of electricity to the local grid, increased awareness of renewables will help spur investment and support at the provincial, territorial, municipal and utility levels."

The project is owned and developed by Canadian Solar and subsidiary Suffield Solar LP. The project will be located approximately 10 kilometres northwest of the hamlet, and built on 202 acres of land.

The company is using new bifacial panels for the project, which are able to capture energy on both sides of the solar panel while tracking the daily trajectory of the sun.

Approximately 250 people will be employed during construction, according to the release.

Once operational, the project will create 23 megawatts of power, and will be capable of powering approximately 7,400 households annually.

Construction is slated to begin in the spring. 

CHAT News has reached out to Canadian Solar for a comment, and will add it once we receive it.

 

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