Renewable IPP and Supplier Information Session

November 30, 2016

Solar Wind Farm Promoted

An information session was held in Saskatoon November 17,2016, to help attendees learn more about SaskPower's future plans for renewable power, opportunities for developers and suppliers, and project requirements.

SaskPower and the Ministry of Economy, in partnership with the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) and the Saskatchewan Industrial and Mining Suppliers' Association, hosted the session.

The session saw 250 delegates attended the day-long event, where delegates learned about SaskPower's future plans for renewable power and related procurement opportunities. In addition, they received information on regulatory updates, developer and supplier requirements and grid connection availability information.

The session included supplier groups such as supplier contractors, manufacturing and related service companies, and specialized consulting firms with experience in utility scale wind and/or solar.

"The Independent Power Producer developers and Saskatchewan vendors are well informed," said Grant Ring, SaskPower Vice-President, Procurement and Supply Chain. "Everyone is interested in how they can be involved in near-term future supply needs to meet our 50 per cent renewable generating capacity goal by 2030."

Grant also said collaboration with hosting partners was very strong.

"I look forward to seeing how we can all work together to accomplish our renewable goal," said Grant.

President and CEO of CanSIA, John Gorman, said SaskPower's goal of reaching 50 per cent renewables represents a forward thinking approach to both modernizing the electricity system and to combatting emission growth from the power sector.

"CanSIA is excited to work with SaskPower, the government, and local businesses to ensure that the process to achieve this goal benefits from strong stakeholder engagement and is able to capture the many economic benefits that come with the development of solar energy," said John.

CanWEA President, Robert Hornung, said Saskatchewan's plan to procure new clean, reliable and affordable wind energy has attracted significant interest from independent power producers.

"The event provided an excellent opportunity for project developers to meet with local suppliers to explore potential opportunities and partnerships that would further enhance the local economic benefits associated with wind energy development in Saskatchewan," said Robert.

Information on SaskPower's plans for renewables, as well as details on upcoming projects, can be found on our Renewables Roadmap page.

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