The governments of Canada and Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) have announced an investment of CAD $25 million in a 10-MW solar-plus-storage microgrid project on P.E.I.
Canada is investing a total of $12.3 million in the microgrid, with another $12.7 million from the provincial government.
Called the Slemon Park Microgrid Project, the 10-MW solar-plus-storage plant will boost renewable energy use on P.E.I. by 3.5 percent and move the island closer to energy self-sufficiency.
“This project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our reliance on imported power,” P.E.I. Energy Minister Steven Myers said in a news release. “This is a positive step in moving Prince Edward Island towards energy independence.”
The microgrid project will occupy an area of 100 acres (40.5 hectares) in the community of Slemon Park.
Once in operation, and as confirmed by Minister Steven, the plant will lower electricity costs for the local residents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to P.E.I.’s energy self-sufficiency goals.