Elemental Energy's Brooks Solar project. (CNW Group/Elemental Energy Inc)
The government of Alberta has opened a Request for Proposals (RfP) as it looks to procure the solar power equivalent to about 55% of its annual electricity needs.
More specifically, Alberta seeks to buy Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) equivalent to 135,000 MWh of solar power each year over a 20-year period. It said in a statement that this will enable the province to replace existing green energy contracts with solar power, thereby diversifying the economy and creating jobs.
The provincial government expects to have the solar project contracts signed by the spring of 2019. It has developed the RfP through consultation with electricity providers and the renewable energy industry.
“Alberta has the best solar resources in Canada and it is time to take advantage of this incredible opportunity right in our backyard,” said Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment and Parks and Minister responsible for the Climate Change Office.