October 29 (Renewables Now) - The Canadian subsidiary of energy systems provider GP JOULE GmbH has received a contract to install what will be Alberta’s first merchant solar project -- a 25.43-MW power plant near Calgary.
The Innisfail Solar project is owned by British Columbia-based developer Elemental Energy Inc, which plans to trade the output of the photovoltaic (PV) park within the diversified and competitive Alberta energy portfolio. Construction works are scheduled to begin this autumn, GP JOULE said last week.
Under the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract, GP JOULE Canada Corp will install the PV plant between the cities of Calgary and Edmonton, in Red Deer County, and will also supply its racking technology for the power plant’s 69,000 bi-facial PV modules. The lifespan of the solar farm is 35 years.
Following the award and in line with its expansion in Western Canada, GP JOULE said it will operate on the local market through a new office near the Calgary airport.