Grid parity solar power generation has been Solar Krafte's exclusive focus from inception.
We build green, benign solar farms intelligently, with scale, through contiguous build-outs, resulting in power prices that beat carbon burning generation now, and even much more so in the future.
Solar Krafte's Prairie Sunlight family of solar farms brings world class, utility-scale, solar PV to Alberta.
Spring Coulee Solar Project
The proposed project is sited on the 204 acres of real property north of Alberta Provincial Highway No. 5 of Section 10, Township 4, Range 24, Meridian 4 (click here for detailed map).
About the Project
The proposed Spring Coulee Solar Project is a 29.5 megawatt (MW) solar facility, located on 204 acres of private land in Cardston County, Alberta, south west of Spring Coulee, immediately adjacent to the Spring Coulee Substation.
The project is estimated to offset 35,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, generating enough electricity to power more than 5,000 Alberta homes.
The total capital cost of the project is expected to exceed $50 million, bringing an important source of direct and indirect economic activity to Cardston County and the communities of Spring Coulee and Cardston.
The project is expected to be completed in one phase with commercial operations commencing in late 2020 and continuing over the next 30 years and beyond.
The project will tie directly into the local FortisAlberta electricity distribution grid, benefitting neighbouring businesses, residences, and farming operations with the use of clean, renewable power during daytime periods.
Attend our Open House
To learn more about the project and provide input, we invite you to join us at our community open house:
July 11, 2017
Cardston & District Seniors Centre
4 to 7 PM
Clean, renewable power without subsidies
Solar Krafte focuses solely on power generation in solar rich jurisdictions, where the price for power is not subsidized, delivering power to consumers at the best price, and without emissions or waste.
Through technological advances, and substantial global manufacturing supply increases, the cost to build a commercial scale solar power plant has dropped dramatically over the past few years. What cost us $100 million to build seven years ago, we can build today for $25 million.
Integrated land use
We incorporate livestock grazing into the design of our solar farms, maintaining the perimeter of the solar generator as pasture, creating a livestock grazing buffer around the entire perimeter of the solar generator. We make this pasture available to local ranchers, at no cost to them.
We also incorporate commercial honey production into the design of our solar farms. We are currently working with Alberta honey producers and a professional agrologist, assessing honey producing plant species such as alfalfa, borage, milkvetch and sainfoin as a future cover crop under and around the solar arrays. To support honey production, we've added a staging area to our design, just outside the solar generator, within the grazing buffer, where beekeepers can place and work their colonies.
We don’t pursue revenue from livestock grazing nor will we from honey production. We integrate these resources into our solar farms because they increase the overall value derived from the land.
By integrating commercial honey production into the design of our solar farms, we help perpetuate managed honey bee populations, which have declined materially in the past 30 years.
An aerial rendering of the proposed Spring Coulee Solar Project — over 290,000 solar modules.
The solar panels for this project will be mounted on a fixed-tilt substructure.
Start of Construction
October 1, 2019
June 30, 2020
Commercial Operation Date
October 31, 2020
Completion of Construction
October 31, 2020
The project equipment will have a maximum height of approximately 3.5 metres. The project will only be visible within proximity and will blend in with the horizontal at distances of 100 metres and greater, allowing for minimal visual impact to the surrounding communities.
In addition, the livestock grazing buffer functions as a setback around the entire perimeter of the solar generator, which serves to dampen further the visual impact of the project.
The solar panels are designed to absorb light to convert it into energy, rather than reflect it. This means there will be minimal visual impact caused by glare.
Solas Energy Consulting completed a Solar Glare Analysis of the project, which concluded that there would not be any hazard due to glare at any of the observation points evaluated.
The project would result in temporary noise increases during construction but would not create any substantial permanent increase in the ambient noise levels. We anticipate little to no increase in existing noise levels during the lifetime operation of this project.
Once operational, the only source of noise will be the inverters, which are designed to operate within municipal noise standards. In any event, we locate them centrally in our systems, well away from site boundaries.
FDI Acoustics completed a Noise Impact Assessment of the project, which concluded that the cumulative daytime and nighttime cumulative sound levels of the Project were predicted to be within the regulated, permissible limits.
Solar Krafte is committed to mitigating any potential negative environmental impacts, and is currently working with Alberta Environment and Parks to assess the impact of this project on local wildlife and vegetation.
The project area consists of cultivated cropland, which we specifically targeted to avoid potential conflicts with wildlife habitat.
Our solar generators produce clean, renewable power without emissions or waste, and therefore help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the production of electricity.
Basin Environmental completed a Wildlife and Wetland Assessment of the project, which concluded that the availability of wildlife habitat within the project area was low, and that direct impacts to the two wetlands identified within the project area were not anticipated.
We anticipate limited potential for archaeological and palaeontological resources given that the land use is cultivation. Relatedly, we received Historical Resources Act clearance from Alberta Culture and Tourism which consisted of a review of potential effects to historic resources, such as archaeological resources, historic sites, and Aboriginal traditional use sites.
The construction period is expected to last six to eight months. During this time, there will be an increase in construction traffic. Access to the project will be through existing roads.
We will work closely with Cardston County to ensure dust mitigation measures are in place and impact on local residences is kept to a minimum.
Solar Krafte values the long-term benefits of working with the local community.
Beyond the clean, renewable power our project will produce for the residents of Alberta, without emissions or waste, the significant property tax revenue from this project will help alleviate costs of municipal services or infrastructure.
Other local economic benefits will include construction jobs (more than 350 jobs at the peak of construction), long-term operator positions, and significant, local investment into the hospitality and construction services sector.