Solar Projects Will Help SaskPower Reach 50% Renewables Goal

September 22, 2016

Next steps include opportunities for private sector developers, First Nations and community projects

SaskPower will add 60 megawatts (MW) of ground mount solar photovoltaic generation to the province's electricity grid by 2021 — enough to power between 10,000 and 12,000 homes.

The plan includes a combination of competitive procurement, a partnership with First Nations Power Authority (FNPA) and community projects.

"The development of cleaner energy options is essential to power Saskatchewan's future," said Gordon Wyant, Minister Responsible for SaskPower. "These solar projects will help the province reach our goal of delivering 50 per cent of power through renewable sources by 2030."

SaskPower will seek qualified vendors for the first of two 10 MW projects by the end of September. The competitive procurement process will start in December. SaskPower expects the first 10 MW solar project to be in service in 2018, which will be one of the first utility-scale solar project in Canada.

"Our phased approach will allow us to add solar in a way that balances our priorities of maintaining a sustainable and diverse generation mix with the delivery of reliable, cost-effective power to our customers," said SaskPower President and CEO Mike Marsh. "The first 10 MW project will allow us to better understand how the technology works within Saskatchewan's power grid, similar to what we did with wind."

As well, SaskPower is negotiating with FNPA for two more 10 MW solar projects that will benefit Saskatchewan First Nations. Community projects will make up the remaining 20 MW. Consultation for community solar development will begin this fall.

More information about SaskPower's plans for solar is available on #PowerToGrow

At a glance...

  • SaskPower plans to add 60 MW of solar generation by 2021.
  • 60 MW of solar electricity will power between 10,000-12,000 homes.
  • Plan includes competitive procurement, agreement with FNPA and community projects.
  • First 10 MW project expected to be in service in 2018.

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