Ontario based Saturn Power, has signed a 20-year agreement with SaskPower to build and maintain the first utility-scale solar power plant in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
The facility—an 80-acre-project—will be located in the RM of Coulee, near Swift Current, and is expected to be operational as early as the end of 2019.
The project is estimated to provide 10 megawatts of power, enough to power roughly 2,000 homes.
“Ten megawatts is relatively small compared to the amount of generation we have in the province,” admitted Doug Opseth, generation asset management director for SaskPower.
“Adding this first utility-scale solar project will allow us to get an understanding of how it operates on our grid,” Opseth said.
Overall, SaskPower expects to have 60 megawatts of solar generation by 2021.
It also said this will help the company meet its emissions and renewable energy targets.