The Canadian federal government has announced funding for the construction of a new solar power project in southeastern Alberta, specifically near Suffield.
Suffield is a hamlet in southern Alberta located roughly 250 kilometers east of Calgary along the Trans-Canada Highway.
The project, now called “The Suffield Solar Project”, will be developed and owned by Canadian Solar and its subsidiary, Suffield Solar LP. .
The project is projected to employ about 250 people during construction and will be a first to demonstrate the potential in using two-sided or bi-facial solar photovoltaic panels at a large-scale in Canada.
For some insight, bi-facial solar panel technology is fairly new to the market.
Unlike a traditional solar panel that captures light on one surface, this emerging panel technology generates more solar energy by capturing sunlight on both the top and the bottom surfaces.
Even better, this project will add trackers—which means the panels will continuously follow the sun through the sky from sunrise to sunset, guaranteeing higher power production.
When complete, the project will generate 23 MW, which is estimated to power approximately 7,400 homes each year.
Funding for the project is being provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Emerging Renewable Power Program which has committed $15.3 million over two years for the $49-million solar project.