Alltrade-SkyFire completes 10.5-MW Alberta Solar One project
By Anthony Capkun
April 8, 2021 – Through their joint venture partnership, Alltrade Industrial Contractors Inc. and SkyFire Energy Inc. have completed the engineer, procure, construct (EPC) contract to build the 10.5-MW (AC) Alberta Solar One (ABS1) project in the County of Forty Mile near Burdett.
“The successful completion of the [ABS1] project is a significant milestone: not only for Alltrade and SkyFire, but also in Canada’s drive toward sustainability and a clean energy future,” said Kevin Ritzmann, Alltrade. “Bringing solar and renewable energy across Canada continues to be a key focus for us.”
ABS1 is a ground-mounted, fixed-angle solar array that occupies roughly 70 acres, and is now supplying renewable power to Alberta’s grid. The array employs Morgan Solar’s SimbaX optical film to boost the performance of the bifacial photovoltaic modules, which were supplied by Silfab. The team also utilized racking and piles from Canadian companies.
The project was developed by Alberta Solar One Inc., a joint venture between Enbridge Inc. and Morgan Solar Inc. It will be operated by Enbridge, and connect to FortisAlberta’s local distribution grid. ABS1 will supply a portion of Enbridge’s Canadian Mainline crude oil and liquids network’s power requirements.
“This project is a win-win for Enbridge’s power team as we continue to grow our renewable energy portfolio and support Enbridge’s sustainability goals,” said Enbridge’s Matthew Akman. “We’re excited to see our first Canadian self-power project come online, and we will continue to invest in opportunities across North America that generate energy to power our operations.”
The Alltrade-SkyFire joint venture partnership was formed to build solar and solar-plus-storage projects in Western Canada. The partnerships leverages SkyFire’s local experience and workforce combined with Alltrade’s utility-scale solar project experience.
“SkyFire is proud to be part of this project, which created local skilled employment opportunities and benefitted local suppliers in Alberta and Canada,” said SkyFire’s David Kelly. “It is exciting to see solar energy growing in Alberta as part of our long energy innovation legacy.”
Alltrade has constructed over 1 GW of solar, wind and battery energy storage projects across Canada. SkyFire has built over 40 MW of solar projects in Western and Northern Canada. Both partners are COR-certified.
Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) committed $10 million in funding to the ABS1 project.
Roughly 50 grazing sheep will be brought in later this spring to manage grass growth at the site, says Enbridge.