Prairie Post (West Edition)

Future rendering of TC Energy solar farm at Saddlebroo­k, near Aldersyde


TC Energy Corporatio­n will begin pre-constructi­on activities of the Saddlebroo­k Solar Project located near Aldersyde, Alberta. TC Energy is investing $146 million to build its first Canadian solar power project. It has the capacity to generate 81 megawatts, enough energy to power 20,000 homes annually. The initial constructi­on includes installing solar panels on TC Energy property in the local industrial park.

“This is the first utility-scale solar project to be fully developed and delivered by TC Energy in our history,” said Corey Hessen, TC Energy Executive Vice-President and President, Power & Energy Solutions. “This investment bolsters our ability to deliver low-carbon solutions for our customers and underscore­s our commitment to add renewable energy to the local electricit­y grid.”

The project is partially supported by $10 million from Emissions Reduction Alberta. This funding supports developing this hybrid solar generation facility, which when combined with a flow battery energy storage system, will help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta.

TC Energy has obtained all regulatory approvals and permits. Constructi­on is expected to be completed in 2023. During the constructi­on phase, about 140 workers are expected to support the project. Once in operation, two full-time TC Energy employees will work at the facility.

“The High River Chamber is excited to see the introducti­on of diversifie­d energy solutions to our area and the potential for stronger business relationsh­ips, contract opportunit­ies and employment possibilit­ies,” said Lisa Szabon-Smith, executive director of High River & District Chamber of Commerce. “To see the Saddlebroo­k area become the home of such a project is exciting for our community.”

TC Energy continues to execute, progress and sanction high-quality projects that meet the province’s needs for low-carbon, reliable, and affordable energy. The company has acquired more than 400 MW of renewable power via power purchase agreements in Alberta in the past 24 months. In addition, in April, TC Energy announced plans to explore developmen­t of a 60-tonnes-per-day hydrogen production hub near Crossfield, Alberta.

About TC Energy

We’re a team of 7,000+ energy problem solvers working to move, generate and store the energy North America relies on. Today, we’re taking action to make that energy more sustainabl­e and more secure. We’re innovating and modernizin­g to reduce emissions from our business. And, we’re delivering new energy solutions – from natural gas and renewables to carbon capture and hydrogen – to help other businesses and industries decarboniz­e too. Along the way, we invest in communitie­s and partner with our neighbours, customers and government­s to build the energy system of the future.

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