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SaskPower moving into next phase of 10-megawatt solar project

SaskPower is taking proposals for a new solar project that will help Saskatchewan continue its move toward reducing carbon emissions.

Thirteen proponents have been given approval to submit proposals for the 10-megawatt project.

A location for the project has yet been decided. As part of the previous phase, proponents identified potential sites in their applications. Each site went through an environmental pre-screening.

Dustin Duncan, the minister responsible for SaskPower, said increasing renewable power is part of the provincial government’s climate change strategy, called Prairie Resilience .

“Adding another 10 megawatts of solar power will help us meet growing demand for electricity while continuing to move toward SaskPower’s goal of reducing carbon emissions 40 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030,” said Duncan in a press release.

Proponents will have until mid-October to submit their proposals. SaskPower will then review the proposals in what it called an “open, fair and transparent process.” An applicant will be selected by early next year, and the project is expected to be up and running as early as December 2021.

SaskPower has a commitment to add 60 MW of solar power to the provincial electricity grid by 2021. The province’s first utility-scale solar project will be developed near Swift Current in the Rural Municipality of Coulee, and is expected to be operational by the end of 2020.

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