Solar Krafte Utilities / #200 - 4040 Bowness Road NW, Calgary, AB, T3B 3R7 / T 403.879.9768 / F 403.879.9769 / engineering@solarkrafte.com / © 2019

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.
About the Project

The proposed Wrentham Solar Project is a 41.4 megawatt (MW) solar facility, located on 334 acres of private land in the County of Warner, Alberta, east of the Hamlet of Wrentham.

 

The project is estimated to offset 17,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, generating enough electricity to power more than 10,300 Alberta homes.

The total capital cost of the project is expected to exceed $65 million, bringing an important source of direct and indirect economic activity to the County of Warner and the Hamlet of Wrentham.

The project is expected to be completed in two phases with commercial operations commencing in early 2019 and continuing over the next 30 years and beyond.

 

The project will tie directly into the local FortisAlberta electricity distribution grid, benefiting neighbouring businesses, residences, and farming operations with the use of clean, renewable power during daytime periods.

Wrentham Solar Project

 

The proposed project is sited on the north half of Section 36, Township 6, Range 16, Meridian 4 (click here for detailed map).

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.

Wrentham
Solar Project

Attend our Open House

 

To learn more about the project and provide input, we invite you to join us at our community open house:

June 24, 2017
Wrentham Community Centre
1 to 4 PM

Project Schedule

 

Notify stakeholders
 June 2017

 

Open House
June 2017

 

File development permit application with
County of Warner

July 2017

 

File power plant application with Alberta Utilities Commission
Fall 2017

 

Construction
Summer/ Fall 2019

 

In-Service Date
Fall 2019

Environment

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 is low, and that most of the thirty-three wetlands identified within the Project area had been previously disturbed by crop cultivation.

Historic Resources

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.

Construction

The staged construction period is expected to last 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 County of Warner to ensure dust mitigation measures are in place and impact on local residences is kept to a minimum.

Visual Impact

The project equipment will have a maximum height of approximately 3 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, from the PV system deployed in the north, where we would use flat, single access trackers, but that there would be short, seasonal periods of green and yellow glare in the early morning and late afternoons, at select observation points evaluated, from the PV system deployed in the south, where we would use fixed-tilt structures oriented to the south and angled at 25 degrees.

Noise

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.

 

An aerial rendering of the proposed Wrentham Solar Project — over 118,000 solar modules.

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.

 

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.

Community Benefits

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 500 jobs at the peak of construction), long-term operator positions, and significant, local investment into the hospitality and construction services sector.

Project Schedule

 

Notify stakeholders
 June 2017 & Ongoing

 

Open House
June 2017

 

File development permit application with
County of Warner

July 2017

 

File power plant application with Alberta Utilities Commission
February 2018

Construction
October 2018 - July 2019

 

In-Service Dates
March & July 2019