Despite the lack of heat recently in Calgary, an Irish energy company is banking on a lot of sunshine to fuel a potential new solar energy farm.
DP Energy is proposing a 156-acre solar energy production facility within Calgary city limits. If approved, it would be the largest in Western Canada.
“We do have a number of small (solar) farms that are at the compost facilities and I think some of our landfills have a small array, but nothing of this size,” Ward 12 councillor Shane Keating said.
The company is eyeing a property in the Shepard industrial site off Barlow Trail S.E. which is currently owned by Viterra, which would lease the land to DP Energy.
1500 panels (high efficiency) adds to maximum of 555 kW of capacity. For Western Canada, 156 acres would be enough for a maximum of 20 MW, thus definitely not the biggest solar farm as there are currently several ones in development with a much larger capacity than 20 MW.
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