GP-Joule to build Alberta’s first merchant solar project

Global renewable energy company GP JOULE GmbH, headquartered in Germany, announced that its subsidiary GP JOULE Canada Corp. has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction contract for the 25.43 MW Innisfail Solar project owned by British Columbia based renewable energy developer and investor Elemental Energy Inc.

The utility-scale project, which is located in Red Deer County, Alberta, midway between Calgary and Edmonton, will be the first of its kind in the province as a merchant project, where the electricity generated will be traded daily within the diversified and competitive Alberta energy portfolio.

GP JOULE will also supply its proprietary and CSA-classified racking technology to support the 69,000 bi-facial solar modules.

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 6 months of engineering optimization. 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 customized, reliable and optimized engineering solutions pay off on such forward-looking projects. The system has been engineered to maximize 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.

Jamie Houssian, Principal of Elemental Energy said:

“Innisfail Solar is an exciting project for us to follow up on the success of our Brooks Solar project, and we are pleased to contribute to the continued growth of renewable energy in Alberta. This unique project will generate considerable positive impact in the local community and contribute to Alberta’s energy transition and emissions reductions.”

Given the company’s growth in the market, GP JOULE also announced the opening of a new office located by the Calgary airport to support the expansion of its activities and better service its clients and partners across Western Canada.

Source: Press Release by GP JOULE. Photo Credit: © GP JOULE.