The Suffield Solar Project (“Suffield”), currently under construction in southeast Alberta, will have a capacity of 23 MWac / 32 MWp and will be among the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities in the province of Alberta. Direct Energy will purchase the electricity from the Suffield facility once it is operational later this year. Direct Energy is one of the largest energy and energy-related service providers in North America with almost one million residential, business and wholesale customers in Alberta.
The Suffield facility was awarded funding through Natural Resources Canada's Emerging Renewable Power Program for pioneering cutting-edge advancements in renewable energy technology. Specifically, the Suffield project will use Canadian Solar’s high-efficiency bifacial modules and single-axis trackers. Bifacial modules produce electricity from both sides of the solar panel maximizing total energy generation and improving reliability during winter months. Single-axis trackers allow the solar arrays to follow the sun’s trajectory throughout the day, also increasing electricity production.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar said, “The Suffield Solar Project proves the notion that private investment coupled with government funding to advance research and new technologies is a win/win for consumers. We have sincerely enjoyed partnering with BluEarth Renewables in the past and are very pleased to have them as the new owner of this landmark project.”
“We’ve had an excellent, long-standing relationship with Canadian Solar having transacted with them on our very first solar project in 2014,” said Grant Arnold, President and CEO of BluEarth. “With this acquisition, BluEarth is excited to expand its footprint in southern Alberta. The Suffield project, combined with one other solar project currently under construction, brings BluEarth’s total solar capacity to 187 MWac. We also believe more opportunities are on the horizon given the favorable market conditions for renewable energy investment in Alberta.”