The government of Alberta used the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) Solar West event in Edmonton to announce that it hopes to procure upwards of 135,000 MW/h of solar energy that would go towards powering half of its operations.
A request for information was posted was posted on October 6 and will remain open for three weeks.
Alberta Infrastructure already supplies renewable electricity in government owned facilities. It has been doing since 2009. There are currently three electricity contracts that provide 100% of the power to 1,500 government-owned buildings and site. One contract expires in December 2016 and another one year later.
The RFI will determine whether solar can fill the government’s need for renewable electricity. If so, it could lead to the first solar farm in Western Canada with an approximate size of 100 MW.
“A solar farm that would meet half of the Government of Alberta’s annual electricity needs would support the delivery of many firsts: Canada’s first 50 per cent solar-powered government; Western Canada’s first large-scale solar farm; Alberta’s first utility-scale solar jobs. The success of this initiative will secure the government and public confidence in a larger future role for solar energy in Alberta,” said John Gorman, president and CEO at CanSIA.