GTE Solar asks for another two years to complete 15-MW project in Alberta

GTE Solar Inc., due to financing delays, on Feb. 4 asked the Alberta Utilities Commission for an extension of a deadline for its Brooks Solar Power Plant project.

The commission had approved the project in January 2013 and had approved in February 2014 a delay in the deadline. The current project completion deadline is June 30 of this year. But due mainly to some project funding changes in mid 2014, the project has been delayed, so the company now wants its completion deadline extended to June 30, 2017.

The Feb. 4 letter was written by Roger Zimmerman,, phone 403-233-6075.

The proposed solar plant would be located on a 78-acre parcel located near the town of Brooks. The power plant would consist of 57,600 solar panels with a total generating capacity of 15 MW. The power plant would be connected to FortisAlberta Inc.’s distribution system immediately north of the power plant site. The existing distribution line would be rebuilt with larger conductors to accommodate the connection of the power plant.

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