Saskatchewan targets 200MW
Call expected to be issued for wind energy in early 2017
The Canadian province of Saskatchewan expects to issue a call for up to 200MW of wind energy in early 2017.
Provincial utility SaskPower plans to first release a request for qualification by the end of this year.
The province is on track to increase its renewable power supply to up to 50% by 2030 with wind power contributing 30% of total energy supply.
Five wind farms with total capacity of 221MW supply about 5% of the province's energy currently.
“Saskatchewan’s plans to procure new clean, reliable and affordable wind energy have attracted significant interest from independent power producers,” said Canadian Wind Energy Association president Robert Hornung following an information session for developers and suppliers in Saskatoon this week.
The province also plans to add solar power and is looking at the potential for hydro projects, hydro imports from other provinces, and biomass and geothermal power schemes.