EDF seeks approval for 77.5-MW Vulcan Solar project in Alberta

Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre LP on Aug. 10 applied at the Alberta Utilities Commission for approval of a 77.5-MW (ac] (109.84 MW direct current) solar photovoltaic facility, known as the Vulcan Solar Project, to be located in southern Alberta.

Vulcan Solar is 100% owned by EDF EN Canada Development Inc. (ECDI), which is wholly owned by EDF EN Canada Inc.

The project site is located approximately 18 kilometers east, 40 kilometers north, and 43 kilometers southeast of Carmangay, Lethbridge, and Vulcan, respectively. Vulcan Solar proposes to site the project over six quarter-sections, mixed in among the wind turbines for the Blackspring Ridge Wind Power Project, and to interconnect it to the Blackspring Ridge 485S substation.

Vulcan Solar will build the project in two phases: approximately 55 MW (ac) and 22.5 MW (ac), constructed in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

The project will include solar PV modules installed on single-axis tracking racks. The solar PV technology selected is a monofacial N-type monocrystalline silicon called LG NeON2 72 Cell 370W. ECDI submitted a “behind the fence” system application for the project to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). The project has received signoff from Alberta Environment and Parks.

Vulcan Solar expects the project to achieve commercial operations by fall 2017 (Phase 1) and fall 2018 (Phase 2).

The Blackspring Ridge Wind Power Project (BSR) and substation are owned by affiliates of EDF EN Canada Development and Enbridge. Enbridge is the operator and ECDI is the manager of BSR. The solar project lands were included in the environmental studies that were completed in preparation for the BSR AUC application. While some BSR study results have been utilized in the study of the solar project, additional studies were performed by the ECDI at the request of Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP).

Vulcan Solar expects the BSR and the solar project to share the same interconnection point and transformer. Vulcan Solar does not expect to require any new transmission infrastructure for the project. Vulcan Solar will implement a separate metering scheme for the solar project at the Blackspring Ridge 485S substation. 

Project contact information is: Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre Limited Partnership, 53 Jarvis Street, Suite 300, Toronto, ON M5C 2H2.

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