SaskPower has announced plans to build a large-scale solar power project.
The crown corporation will be seeking vendors for the first two 10 megawatt projects by the end of September, and the procurement process is set to begin in December.
The utility-scale project will see about about 70 acres of solar panels somewhere in southern Saskatchewan. The site is yet to be determined, but SaskPower says the area will be subject to environmental approval.
The solar project is part of SaskPower’s plan to have the province deliver 50 percent of power through renewable resources by 2030.
“In terms of renewable power, wind is still the best bet for Saskatchewan, but solar is coming down in price. So we want to see where the market is at and start small,” said Guy Bruce, Vice President Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development for SaskPower.
The entire project will produce 60 megawatts of power, with the first 10 megawatt portion to be in service by 2018.
The energy produced from the first phase of the project will be enough to power between 10,000 and 12,000 homes.