Solar power facility planned for Regina’s northeast

“Saskatchewan, for the last five years, has been looking to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.”

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Progress continues on plans for the development of a new solar energy project, slated for the city’s northeast outskirts.

SaskPower and Kruger Energy Saskatchewan Solar (KESS) are working together on the Foxtail Grove Solar Energy Project, which will involve the construction of a new solar energy facility.

“Saskatchewan, for the last five years, has been looking to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and has been looking to buy some renewable energy,” said Jean Roy, senior vice president of renewable energy and real-estate at KESS.

The facility will be the second of its kind in Saskatchewan. It will generate 10MW of power and service over 2,500 households in the province.

The site, which will be operational by the autumn of 2022, will be owned, managed, and built by KESS. They started working on the project in 2019, after SaskPower chose their proposal from 19 competing applicants. The project will help meet SaskPower’s 2030 objective; reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 per cent from 2005 levels.

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The solar energy facility will be approximately 600 meters away from the closest residential community.

“Once it’s built, it becomes part of the scenery,” Roy said.

A virtual open house, which takes place Thursday (March 18) at 7 p.m., will give the public a chance to meet with representatives and ask questions. It will be interactive, focusing on local partners and project details. There will also be maps and pictures of the space.

Roy anticipates questions from environmentalists, who in the past, have stated concern over wildlife impact. Birds are often attracted to the light the solar panels reflect and frequently fly into them or are injured by the powerful solar rays.

Roy said that environmental engineers will be in attendance at the event to answer any questions and concerns over these matters. He also said that KESS will consult with stakeholders during the building process, who will investigate the environmental impacts of their land use.

People can register for the open house by the following link: https://foxtailgrovesolarenergyproject.com/virtual-public-meeting/

gfrancis@postmedia.com

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