Canada announces funding for “novel” solar farm in Alberta

Jack Unwin 25 January 2019 (Last Updated January 25th, 2019 12:38)

Canada’s minister of natural resources Amarjeet Sohi has announced funding for the construction of a solar farm in Suffield, Alberta.

Canada announces funding for “novel” solar farm in Alberta
Canada has announced funding for the construction of a solar farm in Alberta. Credit: Green Energy Futures

Canada’s minister of natural resources Amarjeet Sohi has announced funding for the construction of a solar farm in Suffield, Alberta.

The Suffield Solar Project will create 23MW of generating capacity and demonstrate the potential of two-sided solar panels. It captures energy on both sides of the panels by tracking the sun’s trajectory to generate as much energy as possible, increasing energy efficiency by 10 to 15%. When completed, it will generate enough energy to power 7,400 households.

The solar farm will be funded by the Natural Resources Canada’s Emerging Renewable Power Program, which has contributed CAD$15.3 million over two years of the programme’s CAD$200 million budget.

The project will be developed and owned by Canadian Solar and Suffield Solar LP and employ 250 people during construction.

Canadian Solar chairman and CEO Dr Shawn Qu said: “We are happy to partner with NRCan for this project. […] This project will showcase our latest technology in the high-efficiency bifacial modules. […] As an emerging industry around the world, solar project development has realised its great potential in job creation during construction, operation and maintenance. Canadian Solar is fully committed to promoting sustainable development in Canada.”

Amarjeet Sohi tweeted: “Canadians deserve a range of energy choices. This partnership with Suffield Solar Project will employ approx 250 Albertans during construction and power about 7,400 households! All while reducing pollution. Look forward to construction starting this spring.”

The project forms part of the Canadian government’s CAD$180 billion Investment in Canada infrastructure plan, which includes CAD$26.9 million in funding for green infrastructure projects.