​Alberta looking for solar to power more than half of government needs

The Government of Alberta says it is seeking proposals for large-scale solar energy providers to meet more than half of its power needs.

A request for proposals is now open to procure solar power equivalent to about 55 per cent of the government’s annual electricity needs, the province said on Tuesday.

This will allow existing green energy contracts to be replaced with solar power, which is a priority of the Notley government.

“Using solar power generated in Alberta for government’s electricity needs advances new economic and investment opportunities with an energy sector that is growing fast,” Minister of Infrastructure Sandra Jansen said in a statement.

Through the RFP, the government is committed to purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates equivalent to 135,000 MWh of solar-generated electricity each year for the next 20 years. That is enough electricity to power 18,750 Alberta homes for a year.

The RFP was developed through consultation with electricity providers and the renewable energy industry. The Alberta government anticipates having the solar project contracts in place before spring 2019.