EDF EN Canada Development Inc. is proposing to develop, construct and operate the Vulcan Solar Energy Centre (the Project). Once complete, Vulcan Solar will be the largest solar project in Western Canada.
The Project will be situated on up to four quarter sections of privately owned lands located in Vulcan County. With a maximum capacity of up to 100 megawatts (MW), this is enough electricity to offset more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and power over 16,000 homes in Alberta every year.
The Project is situated on 600 acres of private land within the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project, a facility co-owned by EDF EN Canada Inc. and Enbridge Inc. Power from the solar panels will be transmitted roughly four kilometers through underground cabling to the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project substation, located northwest of the site.
Our aim for the Project is to minimize potential impacts on the environment, the community, and Aboriginal communities.
To date, EDF EN Canada has conducted environmental studies and had preliminary discussions with local residents and landowners to design the Project in a way that respects the needs of community members, and accounts for important environmental considerations.
If you have any questions, comments or interests, please contact the Vulcan Solar Energy Center Development Team at any time. Our contact information is:
Phone: 1-844-55-EDF-EN (1-844-553-3336)
Capacity: Up to 100MW
Fuel Source: Ground Mount Solar Photovoltaic
Construction: As early as summer 2017
In-Service Date: Late 2017/early 2018
Expected Lifespan: 25 – 30 years
The capital cost for the Project is expected to be approximately $150 million.
The Project will be situated on four quarters of privately owned land and is completely within the boundaries of the Blackspring Ridge Wind Project 50 kilometres north of Lethbridge, within the western half of Section 20, Township 13, Range 21 west of the 4th Meridian and eastern half of Section 19, Township 13, Range 21 west of the 4th Meridian and within the County of Vulcan. The Project site is cultivated land primarily used for agriculture.
In addition to the contribution of annual property tax revenues which will help to supplement revenues for the County of Vulcan, more than one hundred construction jobs at the peak of construction are expected.
The Project will provide opportunities for the local and surrounding economy during construction through:
• The procurement of local services, contractors and materials for project construction (i.e. aggregate, excavation, etc.).
• Local businesses and hospitality sector.
The creation of one or more locally based full time positions are expected to support and service the facility during the operating period. Additional potential employment opportunities include landscaping and maintenance.
EDF RENEWABLE SERVICES
Our intent is to be involved in the Project over the long-term, from development through to decommissioning, including the construction and operation phases.
EDF EN Canada is a green energy pioneer and market leader with over 1,500 MW of wind and solar energy in varying stages of development, active construction and operation across Canada.
We develop, design, build and operate renewable energy projects that harness the earth’s renewable resources – helping to drive the green energy economy and create industries of the future. EDF EN Canada is a Canadian entity and a wholly owned subsidiary EDF EN.
EDF EN respects your right to privacy. Any personal information EDF EN collects about you, including your name, address, phone number and email address, will only be used to contact you for the purposes of the development and consultation process for the Project.
Community engagement will take place throughout all phases of the Project, which consist of:
Phase 1: Development (Current Phase)
- Includes public notification and personal consultation in support of the Project’s AUC application.
Phase 2: Construction (6 months-1 year)
Phase 3: Operation (+20 years)
Phase 4: Decommissioning (6 months-1 year)
As the Project is currently in Phase 1, engagement at this time is focused on sharing preliminary Project information, getting to know the community, and collecting feedback from neighbours, stakeholders and other interested parties..
EDF EN Canada Inc. will host a community open house in Carmangay about the Project. Listed below are more details:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Starting at 6:00pm
Carmangay Curling Rink, 332 Carman Street, Carmangay
Should you have questions, comments or any interest in the Project, please contact the Vulcan Solar Energy Centre development team at any time:
David Warner, Developer
Quinn Eastlick, Community Relations
Phone: 1-844-55-EDF-EN (1-844-553-3336)