After signing a Memorandum of Understanding with Medicine Hat College and City of Medicine Hat to install a renewable energy microgrid demonstration that includes four wind turbines, Bluenergy Solarwind Canada CEO and President Joel Goldblatt was quick to give credit to Alberta Innovates for helping seal the deal.
“I have never seen a program with the kind of depth, dollars and expertise that Alberta Innovates has,” Goldblatt says. “It is easier, clearer and faster than anything else I’ve encountered.”
Before opening an office in Medicine Hat, the US-based renewable energy technology company spent eight years in New Mexico and Texas, raising funds and prototyping their technology, which harnesses power from both solar and wind resources. When it came time to move from small-scale prototypes to a full-sized turbine, Alberta emerged as the best choice.
Shortly after establishing a Bluenergy Solarwind Canada office in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Goldblatt and his team received a total of $110,000 in Alberta Innovates vouchers, allowing them to advance designs and start building the first full-scale prototype as well as completing software that directly calculates a carbon levy credit.
Medicine Hat College, the City of Medicine Hat, and Bluenergy Solarwind Canada Inc. have entered into a memorandum of understanding for the purposes of developing, building and commissioning a showcase distributed generation renewable energy microgrid.
The demonstration project is one of the first in a renewable energy sector that is set to boom in Alberta as the Climate Leadership Plan continues to take shape.
“This agreement between the City of Medicine Hat, Medicine Hat College and a private enterprise contains the essential elements needed to grow a new energy technology,” said Bob Wanner, Medicine Hat MLA. “The technologies subject to this agreement have the potential to grow our community, province, and country.”
“Medicine Hat is a logical choice for pre-commercial companies,” explains Invest Medicine Hat General Manager Ryan Jackson. “In addition to Alberta Innovates, Medicine Hat’s angel investment network and strong business support network provide excellent support for innovative companies wishing to develop new technology within Alberta.”
On how Alberta Innovates’ support network can help companies commercialize their idea, Tech Development Advisor John Stroh says “Alberta Innovates is here to support companies like BSWC with their new product development activities. Our programs are designed to begin at ideation and end at commercialization, with support along the way from all the partners within the Alberta Innovation Network.”
Indeed, for companies like Bluenergy Solarwind Canada looking to get their technology to market, Alberta Innovates can act as the bridge.