The Alberta government is aiming to support the province’s first solar farm to help meet its green power needs.
A Request for Information (RFI) to provide advice on the potential cost and best approach for procuring solar power for half of government operations has been posted. This will explore the opportunity to use solar energy to replace two existing green energy contracts that expire by the end of 2017 with solar power, and could lead to the first solar farm in Western Canada. The total consumption for the two contracts is 135,000 megawatt hours a year.
Currently, there are three electricity contracts that provide approximately 250,000 megawatt hours per year to provide 100 per cent of the power to more than 1,500 government-owned buildings and sites. One contract expires in December 2016, the second expires in December 2017 and the third will be in effect until December 2024. Replacing the two contracts set to expire this and next December will create the first opportunity for a solar farm in Western Canada.
Alberta Infrastructure began using electricity from renewable sources in 2006 and its commitment to using renewable energy was instrumental in helping establish some of Alberta’s first wind farms. Since 2009, Alberta Infrastructure has supplied government-owned facilities with 100 per cent renewable electricity.
The Request for Information will be open for three weeks starting Oct. 6, 2016.