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Lateral and Axial Tests
10
Jun

Geotechnical and Pile Testing for Solar Foundations

Utility-scale and large commercial ground- mounted solar systems are becoming more common in Western Canada. One of the challenges solar projects developers are facing is the unknown of the ground conditions, resulting in the uncertainty in the foundation design and overall project costs. Let us walk you through what a proper testing program for a solar farm looks like. Upon selection of the land where development will occur, a Test…

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Community Solar Farm
09
Jun

Community Solar Projects in SK

SaskPower has developed a program for smaller investors who want to get involved in the green economy. The program is called the Small Power Producers Program. Solar Plantation has found a way to use this program for community owned solar, whereby community members can build a system up to a maximum size of 100 kW, connect it to the grid, and under an offered Power Purchase Agreement get paid for…

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15
Apr

Decommissioning of Solar PV Systems at the End of Life

World solar PV capacity in April 2017 grew to 306GWp. It is expected to rise further to 4,500 GW by 2050. While solar waste isn’t a critical concern yet, the number of panels now being installed on residential and commercial rooftops and in ground-mounted community- and utility-scale projects suggests that starting planning ahead today could prevent a plethora of problems over the next several decades. Given an average solar system…

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Schedule of coal phase-out
21
Mar

Alberta Electricity Market – An Avalanche of Costly Changes

Alberta government is implementing major changes to the deregulated energy-based electricity market. While benefits of those changes are yet to be determined in the future, independent electricity consultants have estimated some costs of those changes.   Based on Federal regulations Sundance 1&2, HR Milner and Battle River 3 coal-fired units will need to shut down in 2019. Combined they represent 859MW of coal-fired capacity that will come off of Alberta…

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Solar rebate covers a portion of installation costs for solar systems in Alberta
01
Mar

Alberta solar power system rebate leaves lots of questions open.

Recent Alberta announcement about residential and small commercial solar power projects support was quite short on details. The program is anticipated to cover up to 30% of the solar installation costs or 75 cents per watt of installed capacity for residential solar and 25% for commercial solar systems starting as of summer 2017. As Minister of Environment and Climate Change Shannon Phillips noted in the press-conference, solar projects will need…

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SaskPower
03
Feb

SaskPower – Lets Talk Solar Sessions, Net Metering and Small Power Producers program.

SaskPower is partnering with Dr. Brett Dolter to offer workshops in four communities across the sun belt of southern Saskatchewan. SaskPower would like your input on how to support solar power generation for residential, small and medium businesses and communities in Saskatchewan. Our team is planning to attend some of the sessions below. Sessions will be held from 8:15 am to 12:00pm in the following communities: • Estevan - February…

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Pile-driving
25
Dec

Does driven piles pay-off on small-scale commercial installs?

By 2012 our team experienced installation of all types of solar foundations, including concrete piles, helical piles, cast-in-place concrete, pole mounts anchored to concrete, building concrete forms, ballasted systems. At some point, we learned the job of a concrete contractor so well, that I am sure we could be successful non-renewable industries as well. Neither of the above options provided us with a level of the satisfaction with respect to…

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Bi-Facial Solar Modules
08
Nov

Bi-Facial Solar Modules

Value for Ground-Mounted Solar? One of the biggest news from the last 2016 Solar Power International trade-show in Las Vegas was claimed bi-facial modules yield gains. According to manufactures the gains consist of: - higher efficiency cells capturing direct light; - bi-facial gain from the light reflected from the ground; - reflections from surroundings and from the diffused light; - virtually no light induced degradation. Based on new LG NeON…

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