March 10 (Renewables Now) - Germany’s Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) will be supplying power from a 27-MWp solar park in Southern Alberta, Canada, to local wood producer West Fraser Timber Co Ltd.
The electricity from the Vauxhall photovoltaic (PV) plant will be delivered under a 10-year power purchase agreement (PPA), running from May 2020, Innogy said on Monday. The plant itself, also known as Prairie Sunlight III, is currently in the commissioning phase and once fully operational will supply more than 45,000 MWh of electricity and environmental attributes to West Fraser.
The contract will enable the wood producer to cover the power demand of its sawmills in Alberta and thus meet its environmental targets. The company is already sourcing 75% of its power from renewables.
“The PPA enables us to operate our Vauxhall solar farm without any provincial subsidies. It shows that climate protection is possible under current market conditions,” said Katja Wunschel, Innogy’s senior vice president Renewables Operations Onshore & Solar. She added that the German firm will pursue more PPA-based renewables projects globally.
Also in Alberta, Innogy is building a 30-MW solar park, the Prairie Sunlight II, which is due to begin commercial operations in the second quarter of this year.