Alberta commission approves 9.9-MW Oyen Solar Park project

The Alberta Utilities Commission on Jan. 6 approved an application from KS Canada 1 Ltd. (KSC1) to construct and operate the 9.9-MW Oyen Solar Park.

Said the 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.”

KSC1 filed an application on Aug. 5, 2016, for approval to construct and operate this project. KSC1 also applied for a connection order to connect the solar park to ATCO Electric Ltd.’s distribution system. That was also approved on Jan. 6.

The Oyen Solar Park would be located approximately one kilometer northeast of the town of Oyen. It would consist of approximately 41,360 photovoltaic solar panels each with a rating of 270 watts. The photovoltaic panels are to be connected to inverters to convert the electricity from direct current to alternating current and then to transformers to step-up the voltage. The photovoltaic panels would be installed on fixed-axis, continuous rows, between 10 to 50 meters in length, facing southwards at an angle between 20 to 30 degrees.

KS Canada 1 is a project affiliate of Kronos Solar out of Germany. Kronos Solar describes itself in application documents as one of the leading international developers of large-scale solar parks. It is active internationally (Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Mexico, etc.) Since the establishment of the company, it has already developed more than 350 MW of solar power. It is headquartered in Munich, Germany.

Company contact information is: Alberta Offices – KS Canada 1 Ltd., 151 Manora Drive NW, T2A 4P6, Calgary – Alberta, Phone: +49 89 8905 708-33, Email: makan.yarandi@kronos-solar.de.

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