GP Joule to build Alberta’s first merchant PV project

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Elemental Energy Inc,, the British Columbia-based renewable energy developer and investor, owns the installation, which will stand as the first merchant PV project located in Alberta. Image: GP Joule

GP Joule Canada Corp., a subsidiary of GP Joule, has been awarded an EPC contract for the 25.43MW Innisfail Solar project located in Red Deer County, Alberta, which is located midway between the cities of Calgary and Edmonton.

Elemental Energy Inc,, the British Columbia-based renewable energy developer and investor, owns the installation, which will stand as the first merchant PV project located in Alberta. As a merchant project, Innisfail Solar’s generated electricity will be traded daily within the diversified Alberta energy portfolio.

GP Joule will provide its proprietary and CSA-classified racking technology to support the 69,000 bi-facial solar modules located at the site. 

David Pichard, CEO, EPC business unit, North America, said: “Our entire team looks forward to breaking ground this fall in Innisfail with the Elemental Energy Team and the local community, after nearly six months of engineering optimisation. The fact that it is Alberta’s first merchant project shows that GP Joule’s cold-climate experience, vertically-integrated supply chain and proven ability to provide customised, reliable and optimised engineering solutions pay off on such forward-looking projects. 

“The system has been engineered to maximise energy yield for the next 35 years, with unique features like advanced asset management control capabilities and a plug-and-play solution to allow for battery storage coupling at a later time.”

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