Vauxhall Solar Farm
In Township 13, Range 16, Meridian 4, the project is sited on the south east quarter of Section 31, the north west quarter and east half of Section 30, the west half and south east quarter of Section 20, and the north west quarter of Section 17.
About the Project
The Vauxhall Solar Farm is a 60 megawatt (MW) solar facility, located on approximately 940 acres of private land in the M.D. of Taber, Alberta, near the Town of Vauxhall.
The project is estimated to offset 70,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually, generating enough electricity to power more than 14,000 Alberta homes.
The total capital cost of the project is expected to exceed $90 million, bringing an important source of direct and indirect economic activity to the M.D. of Taber and the Town of Vauxhall.
The project is expected to be completed in one phase with commercial operations commencing in 2023 and continuing over the next 30 years and beyond.
The project will tie directly into Alberta's electricity transmission grid, benefiting Alberta businesses, residences, and farming operations with the use of clean, renewable power during daytime periods.
Vauxhall Solar Farm
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 eight years ago, we can build today for $25 million.
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 horizon at distances of 100 metres and greater, allowing for minimal visual impact to the surrounding communities.
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.
We engaged glare hazard analysts to prepare a solar glare hazard analysis report for the project, which predicts 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.
We engaged acoustic assessors to complete a noise impact assessment of the project, which predicts that the cumulative daytime and nighttime cumulative sound levels of the project would be within the regulated, permissible limits.
Solar Krafte is committed to mitigating any potential negative environmental impacts.
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.
We anticipate limited potential for archaeological and palaeontological resources.
The construction period is expected to last 12 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 M.D. of Taber to ensure dust mitigation measures are in place and impact on local residences is kept to a minimum.
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.
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, long-term operator positions, and significant, local investment into the hospitality and construction services sector.