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Natural Resources Canada is contributing over $15 million to a new solar energy project near Canada’s sunniest city.


Jan. 24, 2018

Canadian Solar and its subsidiary, Suffield Solar LP, are building a $49 million, 23 megawatt solar project near Medicine Hat. The Suffield Solar Project will be located approximately 42 kilometres west of Medicine Hat, near the hamlet of Suffield, Alta.

Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, announced the federal government would contribute $15.3 million over two years toward the project, as part of the Natural Resources Canada’s Emerging Renewable Power Program.

“This project will showcase our latest solar technology in the high-efficiency bifacial modules,” says Dr. Shawn Qu, chairman and chief executive officer of Canadian Solar. “Many thanks to Natural Resources Canada for its support for the development of clean and sustainable energy solutions in Alberta.

“As an emerging global industry, solar project development has realized its great potential in job creation during construction, operation and maintenance,” he continues. “Canadian Solar is fully committed to promoting sustainable development in Canada.”

Founded in 2001, Canadian Solar operates as a global energy provider with successful business subsidiaries in 20 countries on six continents. The Canadian company is a global leading manufacturer of solar PV modules and a provider of solar energy solutions, with over 12,000 employees globally.

“Increasing our expertise, creating jobs and forging ahead with new technologies in high-growth industries like solar will help ensure Canada’s success,” says Sohi. “On top of providing new sources of electricity to the local grid, increased awareness of renewables will help spur investment and support at the provincial, territorial, municipal and utility levels.”

The Emerging Renewable Power Program provides up to $200 million to expand the portfolio of commercially viable renewable energy sources available to provinces and territories as they work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their electricity sectors. The program is part of a $180 million, 12-year infrastructure program called Investing in Canada.

As Southeast Alberta’s largest service centre, Medicine Hat is well-positioned to serve the renewable energy industry in everything from accommodation to material supply and construction services.

Currently, two other major renewable energy projects are underway near Medicine Hat, representing a total of 500 megawatts. Capital Power’s Whitla Wind Facility is under construction in the County of Forty Mile while EDF Renewables Canada, in partnership with Kainai First Nation, is preparing to build their Cypress Wind Project in the traditional territory of Kainai First Nation. Combined, the two wind projects are projected to generate as many as 450 construction jobs during construction.

Construction on the Suffield Solar Project is expected to start in spring 2019 with commercial operation expected in the fourth quarter of 2019.