We’ve committed to add 60 MW of solar power by 2021 — that’s roughly enough clean electricity to power between 10,000 and 12,000 homes. Our first 10 MW utility-scale solar project is in motion; we expect it to be in service as early as 2019.
Our plans to bring solar to Saskatchewan include opportunities for independent power producers, partnerships with First Nations Power Authority and community driven projects.
Why we’re doing it
Adding solar is not just about meeting Saskatchewan's growing power needs — it will also help us meet our goal of up to 50 per cent of our generation capacity come from renewable sources by 2030. This goal is part of our plans to reduce emissions by about 40 per cent within that same timeframe.
Our progress so far
In late 2017, SaskPower closed a Request for Proposal (RFP) process for its first utility-scale solar facility. The 10 MW contract was awarded to Saturn Power and is SaskPower’s first utility-scale solar generation project. The project will be in the RM of Coulee and is anticipated to be in service in 2020.
SaskPower is preparing the details for the next 10 MW solar competition and anticipates issuing the competition documents in early 2019.
Minimizing the impact to you
We don’t expect any significant impact to customers such as long-term traffic problems or outages while the solar project is being constructed.
Respecting the local environment
The project site is in the RM of Coulee. The site consists of cultivated land, and has been pre-screened by SaskPower for environmental concerns.
More benefits to your community
This project could generate construction and material supply opportunities for local vendors. The chosen developer will manage and operate the facility through an agreement with SaskPower; we will purchase the generated power and deliver it to our customers.
Keeping you informed
SaskPower encourages Independent Power Producers to engage with local communities, landowners and other stakeholders while developing any renewable project. We’ll provide more information here as it becomes available.
Bringing Solar Power to Saskatchewan: