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Calgary firm gets approval to build largest solar farm in Canada

Calgary firm gets approval to build largest solar farm in Canada”

"We developed the largest wind farm in the country in that county, and now we're following that up with the largest solar energy project, one of the largest in the world in that county", said Balaban.

"We're selling the project into the Alberta power pool and we'll be realizing whatever pricing there is at the time". According to officials, the largest solar panel project in Canada is coming to Alberta in 2021. It is four times the size of the largest operational solar projects in Canada, which are two 100MW solar farms in Ontario, according to the federal natural resources' agency. Another Alberta project under development by Ontario-based RealPart Canada would be 150 megawatts.

"Given the fact that renewables make sense on a subsidy-free market basis, I think Alberta is primed for some pretty massive renewables growth over the next decade", Balaban told Greentech Media. By 2015 the amount of installed capacity hit 2,135 MW.

"We've been working in Vulcan County for a number of years". Comparatively, the solar industry is still getting off the ground.

"Alberta is blessed with tremendous fossil fuel resources, but we also have among the best renewable energy resources in the world", he said. "Wind, over the last decade, has been more cost-competitive than solar", said Balaban. They are capable of producing roughly 1,700 MW of electricity. In 2010, across all of Canada, only 123 MW of solar power was generated. Once built, this project is expected will be able to provide power for more than 35 years. A new conservative government recently swept into Alberta as well, canceling a provincial-level renewables auction and getting rid of Alberta's target of 30 percent renewables by 2030. Balaban said the Alberta Utilities Commission's approval of the Travers Solar project continues the company's successful track record.

"We think it's a great place for this sort of project".



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