Cassils Solar Project
Cassils Solar Project
The proposed project is sited on the west half of Section 4, Township 19, Range 15, Meridian 4 (click here for detailed map).
About the Project
The proposed Cassils Solar Project is a 22.5 megawatt (MW) solar facility, located on approximately 160 acres of private land in the County of Newell, Alberta, west of the City of Brooks.
The project is estimated to offset 10,100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, generating enough electricity to power more than 5,900 Alberta homes.
The total capital cost of the project is expected to exceed $35 million, bringing an important source of direct and indirect economic activity to the County of Newell and the City of Brooks.
The project is expected to be completed in one phase with commercial operations commencing in mid 2019 and continuing over the next 30 years and beyond.
The project will tie directly into the local FortisAlberta electricity distribution grid, benefitting neighbouring businesses, residences, and farming operations with the use of clean, renewable power during daytime periods.
Attend our 2nd
To learn more about the project and provide input, we invite you to join us at our second community open house:
October 3, 2017
Cassils Community Centre
6 to 8 PM
Clean, renewable power without subsidies
Solar Krafte focuses solely on power generation in solar rich jurisdictions, where the price for power is not subsidized, delivering power to consumers at the best price, and without emissions or waste.
Through technological advances, and substantial global manufacturing supply increases, the cost to build a commercial scale solar power plant has dropped dramatically over the past few years. What cost us $100 million to build seven years ago, we can build today for $25 million.
An aerial rendering of the proposed Cassils Solar Project — over 225,000 solar modules.
The solar panels for this project will be mounted on horizontal trackers, which allow the panels to move throughout the day as the sun arcs across the sky.
June 2017 & Ongoing
June & October 2017
File development permit application with
County of Newell
File power plant application with Alberta Utilities Commission
November 2018 - June 2019
The project equipment will have a maximum height of approximately 3 metres. The project will only be visible within proximity and will blend in with the horizontal at distances of 100 metres and greater, allowing for minimal visual impact to the surrounding communities.
In addition, the livestock grazing buffer functions as a setback around the entire perimeter of the solar generator, which serves to dampen further the visual impact of the project.
The solar panels are designed to absorb light to convert it into energy, rather than reflect it. This means there will be minimal visual impact caused by glare.
Solas Energy Consulting completed a Solar Glare Analysis of the project, which concluded that there would not be any hazard due to glare at any of the observation points evaluated.
The project would result in temporary noise increases during construction but would not create any substantial permanent increase in the ambient noise levels. We anticipate little to no increase in existing noise levels during the lifetime operation of this project.
Once operational, the only source of noise will be the inverters, which are designed to operate within municipal noise standards. In any event, we locate them centrally in our systems, well away from site boundaries.
FDI Acoustics completed a Noise Impact Assessment of the project, which concluded that the cumulative daytime and nighttime cumulative sound levels of the Project were predicted to be within the regulated, permissible limits.
Solar Krafte is committed to mitigating any potential negative environmental impacts, and is currently working with Alberta Environment and Parks to assess the impact of this project on local wildlife and vegetation.
Our solar generators produce clean, renewable power without emissions or waste, and therefore help to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases emitted during the production of electricity.
Basin Environmental completed a Wildlife and Wetland Assessment of the project, which concluded that the availability of wildlife habitat within the project area was low, and that the eighteen wetlands identified within the Project area (ten Class I and eight Class II) have been highly disturbed.
We received Historical Resources Act clearance from Alberta Culture and Tourism which consisted of a review of potential effects to historic resources, such as archaeological resources, historic sites, and Aboriginal traditional use sites.
The construction period is expected to last six to eight months. During this time, there will be an increase in construction traffic. Access to the project will be through existing roads.
We will work closely with the County of Newell to ensure dust mitigation measures are in place and impact on local residences is kept to a minimum.
Solar Krafte values the long-term benefits of working with the local community.
Beyond the clean, renewable power our project will produce for the residents of Alberta, without emissions or waste, the significant property tax revenue from this project will help alleviate costs of municipal services or infrastructure.
Other local economic benefits will include construction jobs (more than 270 jobs at the peak of construction), long-term operator positions, and significant, local investment into the hospitality and construction services sector.