12 MW Solar PV Project

SunAlta Power has entered into a JV partnership with Irricana Power Generation to develop a 12.3 MW distribution-connected Solar PV generating facility approximately 14 KMs southeast of the Town of Bassano.  When fully operational this project would supply the Alberta electrical grid with approximately 17.6 GWh of renewable electricity every year.


Project Information

Project Location / Site Layout

The project is located in the NE 17-20-17 W4M and will occupy approximately 97 acres near the intersection of Township Road 174 and Range Road 203, east of the Eastern Irrigation District canal. The preliminary design uses 30,680 solar PV module & 74 inverters.


Estimated Project Timeline

1. Participant Involvement Program Open House

November 2019

Open house for surrounding land owners and community members to learn more about the project and ask questions.

2. Submission of Development Permit

December 2019

Open house for surrounding land owners and community members to learn more about the project and ask questions.

3. Alberta Environment & Parks Submission

February 2020

Submission of the completed Environmental Impact Study to Alberta Environment and Parks for comment and issuance of Renewable Energy Referral Report (recieved Oct 2020).

4. Submisison of Rule 7 Application - Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)

October 2020

Submission of Rule 7 application to the AUC for approval to construct and operate an electrical generating facility connected to the local electrical distribution system (Proceeding 25951).

5. AUC Public Hearing (If Required)

Jan/Feb 2021

If determined by the AUC that a public hearing is required, it will coordinate and convene a public hearing to seek input on the project before making a decision on approval. 

6. AUC Approval

March 2021

Should a public hearing not be convened, an AUC decison/approval to proceed with the proposed distribution-connected electrical generating facility will be provided.

7. Development Permit Approval Meeting - Newell County

April 2021

Newell County meeting/hearing to approve the development of the proposed project at the identified location.

8. Development Permit Approval

May 2021

Development permit issued by Newell County.

9. Begin Contruction/Site Work

July/Aug 2021

Construction of the solar PV generating facility will begin with site work and preparation, which will be followed by:

  • installation of piling and racking (Sept - Nov 2021)

  • installation of solar PV modules and inverters (Dec 2021 -  Jan 2022)

  • installation of balance of plant components (Feb - Apr 2022)

  • system testing and commissioning (May - June 2022)

10. System Energization & In-service Date

July 2022

Upon commissioning the solar PV system will be connected to the Alberta electrical grid and energized to meet the AESO in-service date.