Hear­ing slated for Michichi So­lar Gen­er­a­tion fa­cil­ity

The Drumheller Mail - - Front Page - Pa­trick Ko­lafa

A hear­ing has been sched­uled to con­sider an ap­pli­ca­tion to build a 25-megawatt so­lar plant north of Drumheller.

Knee­hill Soar LP, a joint ven­ture be­tween ATCO Power and Sam­sung C&T has ap­plied to the Al­berta Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion (AUC) to con­struct and op­er­ate the Michichi So­lar Gen­er­a­tion Fa­cil­ity.

The project will be si­t­u­ated on ap­prox­i­mately 320 acres of pri­vately owned agri­cul­ture land about one kilo­me­tere north­west of Drumheller.

The project will re­quire about 85,000 to 100,000 so­lar pan­els and will re­quire up to 10 medium volt­age sta­tions to house so­lar in­ver­tors.

The DC power sent from the so­lar ar­rays will be sent to the in­vert­ers to con­vert the elec­tric­ity to AC. The transforme­rs will step up the elec­tric­ity to 25 Kilo­volts and put it on the grid through ex­ist­ing dis­tri­bu­tion lines.

The project has the po­ten­tial to gen­er­ate about 44,000-megawatt hours an­nu­ally, which is enough to power an av­er­age of ap­prox­i­mately 6,000 house­holds.

The No­tice of Hear­ing was on May 31, an in­for­ma­tion

ses­sion was held at the Bad­lands Com­mu­nity Fa­cil­ity on June 20. The hear­ing is sched­uled for Au­gust 27.

For those wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate in the hear­ing and present writ­ten ev­i­dence, they must be present at the com­mence­ment of the hear­ing and sub­mit writ­ten ev­i­dence by July 25.

Those wish­ing to par­tic­i­pate

in the hear­ing can go to www. auc.ab.ca and log into the efil­ing sys­tem, go to proceeding 24186 and regis­ter to par­tic­i­pate un­der the ‘reg­is­tered par­ties’ tab.

For more in­for­ma­tion about par­tic­i­pat­ing in this proceeding, con­tact Con­rad Dal­sun at 403-592-3281 or email ques­tions to con­rad.dal­[email protected] ab.ca.

There is an ap­pli­ca­tion be­fore the AUC for the ap­proval of the Michichi So­lar Gen­er­a­tion Fa­cil­ity ap­prox­i­mately 1 kilo­me­tre north of Drumheller.

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