We’re planning to develop 2 100-megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power projects in south central Saskatchewan. Once complete, they’ll be among the largest solar projects ever in the province.
Each 100-MW solar facility will be capable of powering an average of 25,000 Saskatchewan homes.
We have chosen the south central region because of the proximity to Poplar River and Great Plains power stations. Specific locations within the region are yet to be determined.
We’re committed to achieving a net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions power system and are on track to do so by 2050 or earlier. This means we need to add more renewable energy sources to meet future supply needs and reduce GHG emissions.
Utility-scale solar complements our existing generation mix. Saskatchewan still requires baseload generation to offset intermittent renewable sources like wind and solar, which are not always available.
This project will be a significant increase to solar production in Saskatchewan; adding 200 MW more to the existing 83 MW solar currently being produced.
Learn more about solar power and how it works.
Our Progress So Far
We’re entering into a competitive process to select 2 independent power producers (IPPs) to finance, build, own and operate each solar generation facility and clean up the site when the facility has reached its end of life.
The first part of the competition is to select qualified respondents to participate in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process that follows.
We will continue to update key stakeholders through direct outreach as the project advances.
- environmental studies
Respecting the Local Environment
What we do today impacts our future. We’re always working hard to reduce our impact and protect the environment.
As we plan projects, we use tools like databases, satellite imagery and field surveys to understand the environment we are working in.
As projects move forward, we’ll make sure environmental protection standards are in place to reduce our impact on features like:
- sensitive lands
- wildlife and their habitats
- heritage resources
We also work with the Ministry of Environment and other regulatory agencies to ensure we meet all environmental requirements.