ATCO Group acquires rights to build Barlow and Deerfoot solar projects
November 26, 2021
By Anthony Capkun
November 26, 2021 – Through its investment in Canadian Utilities Ltd., ATCO Group has acquired the rights from DP Energy—a privately held energy developer—to build two solar installations in Calgary, Alta.
Once completed, the 27-MW Barlow and 37-MW Deerfoot solar projects will be the largest solar installation in a major urban centre in Western Canada, ATCO says.
“Whether it’s the Far North or an urban centre, ATCO is delivering on our strategy to help communities accelerate their transition to clean energy in a safe, affordable and reliable manner,” said ATCO’s Bob Myles. “These solar projects are also prime examples of the kinds of opportunities we’ll continue to pursue as we grow our renewables portfolio moving forward.”
The installations’ combined 175,000 bifacial solar panels—covering the equivalent of roughly 170 Canadian football fields—will generate enough electricity to power more than 18,000 homes and offset 68,000 tonnes of carbon annually, ATCO added.
Electricity from the projects will be sold into the Alberta power market. ATCO is currently negotiating with potential customers to contract the facilities’ output.
Near 114 Avenue and 52 Street SE, the Deerfoot project is completing the permitting phase. The Barlow project, near Barlow Trail and 114 Avenue SE, has received its major permits and project execution is underway. Construction for both is expected to occur during 2022, with commercial operations targeted for Q4 2022.
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