Southern Alberta is drawing international attention after the province approved Canada’s biggest-ever solar-electric installation, the 600-megawatt, privately-financed Travers Solar project in Vulcan County. The grid-connected project’s 1.5 million panels will generate 800 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, enough to power 100,000 homes, CBC reports . Like this story? Subscribe to The Energy Mix and never miss an edition of our free e-digest. “It will be, by far, the largest solar energy project in Canada and one of the largest in the world,” said Dan Balaban, president and CEO of Calgary-based Greengate Power Corporation, the company behind the venture. “With the costs of renewable energy continuing to come down, we’ve now reached the point where renewable energy makes sense on a subsidy-free, market basis and can have a pretty significant role in our power mix.” Balaban expects construction on the C$500-million project to begin next year, conclude in 2021, and create several hundred jobs. CBC says the country’s two largest solar farms to date have been the Sol-Luce Kingston and Grand Renewable Energy Park projects, both in Ontario and both rated in the 100-megawatt range. Most projects in Canada range from five to 25 MW, Greentech Media reports , […]


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