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First merchant solar farm project in Alberta complete

DCN-JOC News Services
First merchant solar farm project in Alberta complete
GP JOULE — GP JOULE has finished construction on the 25.4-megawatt Innisfail Solar project in Red Deer County, Alta. on time and on budget, despite COVID-19 hitting in the middle of installation.

RED DEER COUNTY, ALTA. — GP JOULE recently announced it has wrapped up construction on the 25.4-megawatt Innisfail Solar project in Red Deer County, Alta.

To complete the project, GP JOULE partnered with the project’s owner, Elemental Energy Inc., and community stakeholders to complete the first merchant solar farm in Alberta.

GP JOULE noted that the project was delivered on time and on budget despite the onset of a global pandemic midway through the installation.

“Turning a vision like Innisfail Solar into reality depends on strong leadership and co-operation, which we experienced with Elemental Energy,” said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE, in a press release. “We thank the community of Innisfail for its welcome and collaboration in the construction of this utility-scale solar installation, even as everyone incorporated extensive guidelines that safe-guarded us against COVID-19.”

GP JOULE stated it saw excellent support from the local community and worked to engage with over 100 local construction jobs starting in October 2019. Local subcontractors worked to complete site preparation, clearing and other essential services. Local businesses also were hired to provided water and septic services.

“We had an aggressive timeline to complete this project, so it was imperative we hire a turnkey EPC company that had experience working with a company structure like ours, and could address our expectations in partnering with the community of Innisfail,” said Jamie Houssian, principal at Elemental Energy. “Both Elemental and GP JOULE integrated Innisfail people and businesses across the entire project cycle. Together we have delivered renewable power, new economic opportunities and revenue streams that can flow for years to come.”

Elemental noted a key part of withstanding the Alberta climate for decades to come was using GP JOULE’S proprietary and CSA-classified racking technology to secure the 69,000 bi-facial solar modules onsite.

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