SaskPower has selected 13 clean energy projects through its second annual Green Options (GO) Partners Program lottery.
Through the GO Partners Program, SaskPower purchases up to 50 MW of renewable power from private developers, with up to 25 MW coming from wind power. Projects must be between 100 kW and 10 MW in size. Applications are initially selected through a lottery process.
Two 10 MW wind projects from Gaia Power were selected for the program.
‘We're pleased to see that the projects selected this year represent a variety of locations in the province and types of technology – including wind, hydro, flare gas, geothermal and a project that will use methane gas from a landfill in Saskatoon – to generate clean electricity,’ says Robert Watson, president and CEO of SaskPower.
SaskPower now plans to design and price the power lines that will connect the projects to the system and sign formal power purchase agreements with each independent power producer. Applicants will have up to three years to start providing power to the grid. Developers of hydro projects have up to eight years due to the more extensive permitting and construction processes, according to the utility.