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Atco acquires 39-MW Empress solar development project in Alberta

The project will feature 85,000 single-axis bifacial tracking panels and produce enough power to meet consumption needs of over 11,000 homes each year.

September 15, 2021  by CM Staff

Photo Credit: CNW Group/ATCO Ltd.

Calgary-based electrical utility services company Atco Ltd. has acquired the Empress solar project, a 39-MW photovoltaic solar facility under development in Alberta.

Through Canadian Utilities Limited, Atco acquired the development rights to the project from a third-party developer. The Empress project site is located near the village of Empress in eastern Alberta, near the Alberta-Saskatchewan border.

The financial terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.

“This kind of energy project is a central pillar of Atco’s strategy, a strategy anchored by our commitment to sustainability through the production of cleaner fuels, renewable electricity, energy efficiency and critical energy infrastructure,” said Bob Myles, Atco’s executive vice president, corporate development.

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The deal comes on the heels of Atco having completed Canada’s largest and most northerly off-grid solar project, announced a potential world-scale clean hydrogen project, and begun work on a renewable natural gas production facility.

Empress will feature 85,000 single-axis bifacial tracking panels and produce enough power to meet consumption needs of over 11,000 homes each year.

Project execution is underway, while commercial operations are expected in 2022.


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