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Changes proposed to future solar farm near Pincher Creek

Changes proposed to future solar farm near Pincher Creek
By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
January 9, 2024
January 9, 2024
Evolugen seeks community input on revised configuration of Sunrise Solar Project at mid-January open house.
Evolugen seeks community input on revised configuration of Sunrise Solar Project at mid-January open house.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
This field northwest of Pincher Creek, near the Pincher Creek Colony, is the site of a proposed solar farm by Quebec-based Evolugen. The project is the focus of a planned open house by the company Jan. 16.
IMAGE: Dave Lueneberg
This field northwest of Pincher Creek, near the Pincher Creek Colony, is the site of a proposed solar farm by Quebec-based Evolugen. The project is the focus of a planned open house by the company Jan. 16.

The company behind a large-scale solar project planned for construction northwest of Pincher Creek is looking to make changes to its original proposal and, once again, is looking for public input.

Last spring, Quebec-based Evolugen presented the idea of a four-section solar farm just east of the Pincher Creek Colony and north of Highway 507 during an open house held March 28.

The Sunrise Solar Project, it says, will consist of more than 210,000 bi-facial photovoltaic panels on close to 600 acres of privately owned land. Its aim: to generate enough solar electricity to power the equivalent of about 28,500 homes every year.

 

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The original proposal, shown below, would have seen almost all of the project erected to the east of Range Road 303.  It’s had a rethink.

 

Map of area in the MD of Pincher Creek proposed by Evolugen in 2023 to become a solar farm.

 

A new configuration, shown below, plans to reposition the solar structures.

 

Map of area in the MD of Pincher Creek proposed by Evolugen in 2024 to become a solar farm.

 

 

Last year, Evolugen spokesman Mike Peters told Shootin’ the Breeze he anticipated the Sunrise project could generate about $140 million in local spending, the bulk of which would pay for solar panelling and construction costs, and could support two full-time positions post-construction.

According to the latest information on the project’s webpage, evolugen.com/facilities/sunrise-solar-project, noise impact and solar glare assessments have now been completed and it’s entered Stage 3 in the interconnection process with AESO, the Alberta Electric System Operator.

Stage 3 is usually a 32-week process that determines a game plan for filing applications with the Alberta Utilities Commission.

With a new proposal on the table, Evolugen is holding an in-person public open house on Jan. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Inn, unveiling the new design in detail. Like last year’s session, it’s open to both MD and town residents.

With files from Laurie Tritschler

 

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The company behind a large-scale solar project planned for construction northwest of Pincher Creek is looking to make changes to its original proposal and, once again, is looking for public input.

Last spring, Quebec-based Evolugen presented the idea of a four-section solar farm just east of the Pincher Creek Colony and north of Highway 507 during an open house held March 28.

The Sunrise Solar Project, it says, will consist of more than 210,000 bi-facial photovoltaic panels on close to 600 acres of privately owned land. Its aim: to generate enough solar electricity to power the equivalent of about 28,500 homes every year.

 

Dairy Queen menu items – chocolate-dipped cone, chicken fingers and fries, blizzard, deluxe stackburger, pink orange julius and hot fudge sundae, on an ad for Pincher Creek DQ location

 

The original proposal, shown below, would have seen almost all of the project erected to the east of Range Road 303.  It’s had a rethink.

 

Map of area in the MD of Pincher Creek proposed by Evolugen in 2023 to become a solar farm.

 

A new configuration, shown below, plans to reposition the solar structures.

 

Map of area in the MD of Pincher Creek proposed by Evolugen in 2024 to become a solar farm.

 

Display of fall clothing at at Emerald & Ash Clothing in Crowsnest Pass.

 

Last year, Evolugen spokesman Mike Peters told Shootin’ the Breeze he anticipated the Sunrise project could generate about $140 million in local spending, the bulk of which would pay for solar panelling and construction costs, and could support two full-time positions post-construction.

According to the latest information on the project’s webpage, evolugen.com/facilities/sunrise-solar-project, noise impact and solar glare assessments have now been completed and it’s entered Stage 3 in the interconnection process with AESO, the Alberta Electric System Operator.

Stage 3 is usually a 32-week process that determines a game plan for filing applications with the Alberta Utilities Commission.

With a new proposal on the table, Evolugen is holding an in-person public open house on Jan. 16, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Heritage Inn, unveiling the new design in detail. Like last year’s session, it’s open to both MD and town residents.

With files from Laurie Tritschler

 

Pig roast at wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Solar panel on ad for Riteline Electric in Pincher Creek
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