Neoen has begun construction of its first asset in Canada, the Fox Coulee solar farm, located in Alberta, Starland County. The solar farm is 100% owned by Neoen and the turnkey contract for its construction has been awarded to Goldbeck Solar. With a capacity of 93MWp, the solar farm will be connected to ATCO Electric’s distribution system, at 24.5kV. The commissioning of Fox Coulee is scheduled for the first quarter of 2024. When it enters service, it will prevent the emission of around 70,000 tonnes of CO2 a year and is expected to generate enough electricity to power over 20,000 homes. Neoen intends to sell a significant part of the electricity generated, together with the environmental benefits, via power purchase agreements. The remainder will be sold on Alberta’s electricity market, taking advantage of the province’s deregulated electricity market and ambitious carbon taxation policy.
The farm will contribute to the target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 set by the Province of Alberta and the federal government. Emmanuel Pujol, Regional Director of Neoen in the Americas, said: “I would like to congratulate our teams for their hard work in making this first project in Canada a reality. It’s a major step in developing Neoen’s presence in the country. The start of construction work for Fox Coulee comes just a year after establishing our local team and shows our commitment and drive to become a leading player in Alberta and Canada.” Xavier Barbaro, Chairman and CEO of Neoen, added: “We are thrilled to break ground at Fox Coulee and to see our presence in Canada bearing fruit. Neoen has been present in the Americas for almost ten years and we are proud to now have a presence from north to south. Canada’s climate and energy policy stands out for its ambition and Neoen is looking forward to playing an active role in delivering on its targets.”
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