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.
Strathmore Solar Farm
About the Project
The proposed Strathmore Solar Farm is a 40.5 megawatt (MW) solar facility located on 320 acres of industrial use Town land in the Town of Strathmore, Alberta, immediately adjacent
to the AltaLink Strathmore Substation.
The project is estimated to offset 48,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, generating enough electricity to power more than 10,000 Alberta homes.
The total capital cost of the project is expected to approach $60 million, bringing an important source of direct and indirect economic activity to the Town of Strathmore and surrounding Wheatland County.
The project would be constructed in one phase and operated for a period of 30 years, and beyond. It is anticipated that site construction would start in the spring of 2020, with construction completed and the facility operational in the fall of 2020.
The project will tie directly into the local FortisAlberta electricity distribution grid, benefitting Town residents, businesses, and the local community generally, with the use of clean, renewable power during daytime periods.
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 eight years ago, we can build today for $25 million.
The solar panels for this project will be mounted on horizontal trackers, which allow the panels to move throughout the day as the sun arcs across the sky.
January 2019 & Ongoing
File development permit application with
Town of Strathmore
File power plant application with Alberta Utilities Commission
Spring/ Summer/ Fall 2020
The project equipment will have a maximum height of approximately 3.6 metres. The project will only be visible within proximity and will blend in with the horizon at distances of 100 metres and greater, allowing for minimal visual impact to the surrounding communities.
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.
Green Cat Renewables Canada completed a Solar Glare Hazard Analysis of the project, which concluded that no hazard from glare is expected to drivers and residences located near the Strathmore Solar Farm.
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.
Solar Krafte is committed to mitigating any potential negative environmental impacts, and is currently working with biologists 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.
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 eight to ten 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 the Town of Strathmore 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 Town of Strathmore services or infrastructure.
Other local economic benefits will include construction jobs (more than 300 jobs at the peak of construction), long-term operator positions, and significant, local investment into the hospitality and construction services sector during construction.