Saskatchewan — SaskPower has selected Kruger Energy Saskatchewan Solar to build Saskatchewan’s second utility-scale solar project. Kruger’s Foxtail Grove Solar Power Facility will be located in northeast Regina.
It will provide 10 megawatts (MW) of power, or enough clean energy to power more than 2,600 homes.
“SaskPower is pleased to work with Kruger on this project to help further our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent below 2005 levels by 2030,” said Kory Hayko, Vice-President of Transmission and Industrial Services at SaskPower. “We are committed to managing emissions as we work to meet the generation needs of a growing Saskatchewan – and increasing renewables will help us reach that goal.”
During the competitive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, SaskPower evaluated 17 proposals from 10 pre-qualified proponents. Proposals were evaluated on several factors including price, environmental site characteristics, Indigenous participation, and community engagement plans.
Kruger is the winning proponent to build, own and manage the facility while selling the power produced to SaskPower over a 20-year term. The winning bid price, including the cost of interconnecting the facility to the SaskPower grid, is approximately $74 per megawatt-hour.
Construction is expected to begin in 2021, with the facility expected to be in service as early as the end of 2021. Saskatchewan’s first solar project, Highfield Solar, is currently under construction near Swift Current and is also expected to come online before the end of 2021.
SaskPower has committed to adding 60 MW of solar power to the provincial power grid in the coming years.