EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, on Dec. 15 announced the approval by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to construct and operate the Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre (Vulcan Solar Project).
The 77.5-MW (ac) solar photovoltaic (PV) facility is to be located in Vulcan County near the Village of Carmangay. The Vulcan Solar Project represents the largest development of a utility-scale solar project in Alberta and Western Canada. Vulcan Solar consists of 300,000 ground-mounted solar PV panels. The power will be sold into the Alberta Power Pool. Vulcan Solar can be ready for construction in Spring 2017.
“The Alberta government has created a positive investment climate for new renewables and Vulcan Solar solidifies our commitment to investing in Alberta by working collaboratively with the communities where we do business,” said EDF EN Canada Vice President of Development, Cory Basil.
Vulcan Solar is located within the footprint of the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, a 300-MW facility, and will be the first utility scale ‘Hybrid Renewable Energy Project’ in Canada and one of the largest hybrid facilities in North America.
While EDF announced the AUC approval on Dec. 15, it actually was handed down on Oct. 25. Said the Oct. 25 decision: “After consideration of the record of the proceeding, and for the reasons outlined in this decision, the Commission finds that approval of the project is in the public interest having regard to the social, economic, and other effects of the project, including its effect on the environment.”
EDF filed the application with the commission on behalf of Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre Limited Partnership. The Vulcan Solar Project will be located approximately 18 kilometers east of Carmangay, 40 kilometers north of Lethbridge and 43 kilometers southeast of Vulcan.
Developing and constructing renewable energy projects since 2008, EDF EN Canada now has 1.6 GW of solar and wind projects in operation or in construction across Canada. EDF EN Canada, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, is a market leader in renewable energy. Headquartered in Toronto and Montreal, EDF EN Canada employs an integrated approach to project development covering all aspects from conception to commissioning through to generation and long-term operations. EDF EN Canada draws on the market expertise of EDF Renewable Energy, EDF Energies Nouvelles’ U.S. subsidiary.