Things are moving forward for the proposed Vulcan Solar Hybrid Energy Centre (Vulcan Solar Project) in Alberta, Canada, after EDF received the necessary approval to construct the utility-scale site. All being well, the construction will begin early next year, with the eventual goal for the project to be part of Canada’s first utility-scale hybrid renewable energy project.
The Vulcan Solar plant, being developed by EDF EN Canada project, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles Group, has now received AUC approval for its construction and its operation, subject to provisions by the Hydro and Electric Energy Act and the Alberta Utilities Commission Act.
“The Alberta government has created a positive investment climate for new renewables and Vulcan Solar solidifies our commitment to investing in Alberta by working collaboratively with the communities where we do business,” commented EDF EN Canada Vice President of Development, Cory Basil. “We look forward to constructing Vulcan Solar as soon as possible and believe it will deliver Albertans clean, renewable, low-cost energy for many years to come.”
The 77.5 MW facility will be located in Vulcan County near the village of Carmangay, with 300,000 ground-mounted modules making up the construction. Due to its scale, once completed it will be the largest solar plant in Western Canada, while the energy will be sold into the Alberta Power Pool.
It is going to be built next to the 300 MW Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, which it will combine with to become the first utility-scale hybrid renewable energy project in Canada.