The ribbon-cutting for a new solar power facility in Saskatchewan was held Friday.
The Highfield Solar Facility, located in the R.M. of Coulee, near Swift Current, officially came online. The 10-megawatt facility will generate enough electricity for roughly 2,500 homes in Saskatchewan.
This is the first of four 10-megawatt solar power facilities that are expected to come online in the province over the course of the next two years. They are intended to help SaskPower reach its goal of adding 60 megawatts of solar power in the coming years.
“The commissioning of this facility is a landmark achievement for renewable power in Saskatchewan,” said Don Morgan, Minister Responsible for SaskPower. “SaskPower is set to exceed its emissions reduction targets, and renewables such as solar are an important part of a balanced approach that will allow our province to achieve net-zero emissions from power production by 2050.”
The facility was constructed by Saturn Power, an Ontario-based company. They will own and operate the solar facility while selling the electricity that is generated to SaskPower.
“It has been a great privilege for Saturn Power to be able to develop, construct and operate Saskatchewan’s first Utility-Scale PV Solar project,” said Doug Wagner, President and CEO, Saturn Power. “Through the hard work of our team and the collaborative relationships built and fostered with both SaskPower and miEnergy, we were able to build a project that will serve as a foundation in Saskatchewan’s efforts to develop a more sustainable and renewable power supply for decades to come.”
The facility is the largest solar power facility in Saskatchewan to date.