SaskPower has announced plans to add 60 megawatts of solar power generation to the province’s electricity grid by 2021.
It says that will be enough to power 10,000 to 12,000 homes and is essential to helping the province meet its goal of delivering 50 per cent of power through renewable sources by 2030.
“The development of cleaner energy options is essential to power Saskatchewan’s future,” said Gordon Wyant, Minister Responsible for SaskPower in a news release. “These solar projects will help the province reach our goal of delivering 50 per cent of power through renewable sources by 2030.”
Vendors will soon be sought for the first of two 10-megawatt projects, with negotiations planned with the First Nations Power Authority for two more.
“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.”
Community projects will make up the remaining 20 megawatts.
The first project is expected to come on stream by 2018.