The province is putting some feelers out to see if it’s worth building a solar farm.
Two green energy contracts for 135,000 megawatt hours a year are going to end by 2018, and the government has issued a request for information on the potential cost and best approach to building what would be the first such project in Western Canada.
Environment Minister Shannon Phillips says the hope is that investments like this will open the door for more green projects.
“What that means for us is that we can attract billions of dollars of new private sector investment in renewables, billions in clean tech and innovation initiatives.”
She dismissed concerns of instability with a solar system.
“There’s a lot of misinformation out there on the role of renewables in an electricity system,” Phillips said. “We have a lot of amateur engineering going on, particularly by the folks to deny the science of climate change.”
The contracts power government-owned buildings and sites, and the government wants the project to stay local.
“The request is a chance for industry to connect with government and discuss the best ways to meet our renewable energy goals using Alberta skills and expertise.”
If the contracts are filled by solar energy, it would result in 10 times the amount of solar power than what is currently generated. (kdr)