SaskPower Continues Investment in Clean Energy
SaskPower is the principal supplier of electricity in Saskatchewan, serving more than 533,000 customers and managing $11 billion in assets. The company operates three coal-fired power stations, seven hydroelectric stations, five natural gas stations, and two wind facilities, and buys power from various independent power producers.
As part of its ongoing goal to achieve 40 per cent emission reduction from 2005 levels by 2030, SaskPower launched a number of renewable energy projects in 2018.
In June, the company named Saturn Power as the successful proponent for Saskatchewan’s first utility-scale solar power project. SaskPower signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with Saturn Power for the 10 MW project, called the Highfield Solar Project, which will be in the RM of Coulee, east of Swift Current. The project will be in service as early as 2020.
In September, the Government of Saskatchewan approved the location for Algonquin Power Co.’s Blue Hill Wind Energy Project which is expected to produce 177 megawatts of power, enough to power more than 70,000 homes. The project will be located south of Herbert, Sask. and is expected to include up to 56 wind turbines. The project will begin construction next year, with service possible as early as 2021.
In October, the company announced a second utility-scale wind power project. Potentia Renewables Inc.’s Golden South Wind Energy Facility, to be located near Assiniboia, is a 200-megawatt project that will produce enough renewable electricity for approximately 90,000 Saskatchewan homes. Like the Herbert project, Potentia’s facility is expected to be online as early as 2021.
Also this year, SaskPower supported DEEP Corp.’s geothermal project and the Cowessess First Nation’s wind/solar project.
SaskPower’s renewable energy initiatives rely on the contributions of teams drawn from the over 400 professional engineers employed at the Crown corporation.