TC Energy to begin work on Alberta solar project

It is the company’s first ever Canadian solar project.

Saddlebrook Solar project.

A rendering shows TC Energy’s Saddlebrook Solar project. – TC Energy

Key Takeaways:

  • The $146 million project is expected to be completed in 2023.
  • It’s receiving $10 million from Emissions Reduction Alberta.
  • Construction will employ roughly 140 workers.

The Whole Story:

The sun is about to rise on TC Energy’s Saddlebrook Solar Project.

TC announced it will begin pre-construction activities on the project near Aldersyde, Alta. The $146 million facility is TC Energy’s first Canadian solar project. It has the capacity to generate 81 megawatts, enough energy to power 20,000 homes annually. The initial construction includes installing solar panels on TC Energy property in the local industrial park.

“This is the first utility-scale solar project to be fully developed and delivered by TC Energy in our history,” said Corey Hessen, TC Energy executive vice-president and president, ower & energy solutions. “This investment bolsters our ability to deliver low-carbon solutions for our customers and underscores our commitment to add renewable energy to the local electricity grid.”

The project is partially supported by $10 million from Emissions Reduction Alberta.

TC Energy has obtained all regulatory approvals and permits. Construction is expected to wrap in 2023. During the construction phase, about 140 workers are expected to support the project. Once in operation, two full-time TC Energy employees will work at the facility.

“The High River Chamber is excited to see the introduction of diversified energy solutions to our area and the potential for stronger business relationships, contract opportunities and employment possibilities,” said Lisa Szabon-Smith, executive director of High River & District Chamber of Commerce. “To see the Saddlebrook area become the home of such a project is exciting for our community.”

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