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ABOUT HALKIRK SOLAR

Project Summary

Obton Solar Canada Inc., a well-known company in the field of solar energy development and facility ownership, has announced plans for a solar power project with a capacity of 68 megawatts (MW) (exact size to be confirmed) and 34 MW of battery storage.

The project will be located on a privately owned agriculturally zoned grassland site with historical energy uses west of Range Road 160 and north of Township Road 392, approximately 6km north of Halkirk, Alberta.

Obton Solar will to adhere to the current version of Alberta Utilities Commission Rule 007 and the local County of Paintearth No. 18 land use bylaw when developing its application for the solar power plants while engaging with the community.

In parallel, formal announcements from the Province, Municipal Government, and the AUC will be considered relating to such issues as agricultural land, viewscapes and reclamation security.

Obton is currently performing conceptual design and awaiting feasibility studies from the Alberta Electrical System Operator (AESO) and the local
transmission facility owners ATCO.

A complete public consultation program will commence following further feasibility confirmations surrounding the aforementioned items and the continued processing of AUC applications and AEP Renewable Energy Referral Reports.
For information, please complete the question form at the bottom of the page.

Benefits

The Halkirk Solar project, developed by Obton Solar Canada Inc., offers crucial environmental, economic, and social benefits.

By producing 120,000 MWh of clean energy annually, it will reduce 62,000 tons of carbon emissions.

The project boosts the local economy through job creation and strengthens energy resilience with 34 MW of local battery storage.

Energy Output

With a capacity of 68 MW, the Halkirk Solar project can power over 16,000 Canadian homes.

Environment

The Halkirk Solar project will generate approximately 120,000 MWh of clean energy annually, offsetting around 62,000 tons of carbon emissions.

Community

Obton Solar Canada Inc. is actively engaging with the community and stakeholders, promoting transparency and collaboration in the project’s development.

Local Employment

The development and construction of the Halkirk Solar project will create job opportunities, generate tax revenues, and stimulate the local economy.


Project Timeline

Timelines are subject to numerous variables and can be prolonged or fast-tracked as circumstances require.

Q3/Q4 2023

Assessments & Studies

• Environmental Studies
• Glare Studies
• AESO/ATCO Feasibility Studies

Q1 2024

Public Consultation

• Noise Impact Studies
• Facility Design Proposal

Q2 2024

Alberta Utility Commission Application

• Power Plant Application
• Interconnection Approval

Q3 2024

Approvals & Planning

• AUC Approval
• Municipal Permits
• Detailed Engineering and Construction planning

Q1 2025

Construction

Q2 2025

Completion & Operation


Project Documents

  • Alberta Utilities Commission Information
  • Stakeholder Newsletter (Posted once available)
  • Proposed Site Plan (Posted once available)
  • Environmental Evaluation (Posted once available)
  • Noise Impact Assessment (Posted once available)
  • Solar Glare Hazard Analysis (Posted once available)

Open House

Date, time, and location for the Open House and information session will be determined at a later date and shared in regional newspapers and on social media.

If you would like to reach us in advance, please fill out the form below.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Halkirk Solar project?

Building a solar plant in Alberta leverages abundant sunlight, supports renewable energy transition, diversifies the economy, and aligns with environmental goals, providing a cleaner and sustainable energy source.

Providing renewable energy to Alberta’s local distribution grid is crucial for environmental sustainability, energy security, economic growth, and compliance with targets, ultimately contributing to cleaner air, reduced energy costs, and global responsibility in addressing climate change.

When will the construction start?

Construction is expected to start approximately in March 2025.

When will the project be completed?

Construction is anticipated to be completed in December 2025.

What is the power capacity of the project?

68 megawatts AC.

Where will the solar power project be located?

The project will be located on a privately owned agriculturally zoned grassland site with historical energy uses west of Range Road 160 and north of Township Road 392, approximately 6km north of Halkirk, Alberta.

The project will be sited with larger than standard setbacks from the property lines to encourage greater spacing from sensitive areas such as natural environment, neighbour dwellings, and trafficked roadways. Obton will work with neighbours to construct vegetative screening if visually sensitive areas are identified during planning.

How will the Halkirk Solar project impact the local job market?

The Halkirk project will have a multifaceted positive impact on the local job market. During construction, it creates jobs for both skilled and unskilled laborers, providing employment opportunities for local residents.

Additionally, Obton will often employ local contractors, stimulate the economy through local lodging at hotels, and increase business for nearby stores. The facility will also generate significant municipal tax revenues, which can be reinvested in the community to support education, infrastructure, and public services, further enhancing the overall economic well-being of the area.

Operations and maintenance of the solar facility require ongoing staff, contributing to long-term employment, while the local supply chain benefits from manufacturing and supplying solar components.

What company is developing the project?

Obton Solar Canada Inc.

What is Obton Solar Canada Inc.’s approach to impact management for the Halkirk Solar project?

Obton will manage the impacts of the project on the local community and environment through careful planning and execution.

The site was chosen for its proximity to existing power infrastructure, history of energy and transportation uses, favorable topography, and absence of environmentally sensitive areas. During construction planning, Obton will implement measures to reduce noise and dust, promote sustainable construction practices, and prioritize local job creation and community benefits.

Ongoing monitoring will ensure that any issues are promptly addressed, contributing to responsible and sustainable solar project development.

Finally, Obton will collaborate with the local community to optimally utilize the land surrounding the solar array, thereby enhancing the local agricultural district.

How will the Halkirk Solar project affect local energy prices?

The Halkirk Solar project will contribute low-cost, renewable energy to the Alberta power market, which will assist with energy cost reductions.

Will the Halkirk Solar project be part of Alberta’s ongoing phase-out of coal-fired power plants?

Yes, the project aims to provide a significant contribution of renewable energy to fulfill the electricity needs of the local distribution grid in Alberta as part of the phase-out of coal-fired power plants.

How much clean energy is expected to be generated by the Halkirk Solar project?

Approximately 120,000 megawatt hours per year.

How will the Halkirk Solar project contribute to reducing carbon emissions in Alberta?

The project will generate solar energy, which will offset carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants being phased out in Alberta.

How much carbon emission is expected to be offset per year by the Halkirk Solar project?

Around 62,000 tons per year as per the 2023 TIER regulations.

How does the Halkirk Solar project plan to address potential glare issues?

A glare study will be performed as part of the project design, and visual mitigation measures will be put in place at visually sensitive locations.

What is a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)?

A battery energy storage system (BESS) collects and discharges energy from the power grid and solar array. Common in electric grids, electric vehicles, solar power, and smart homes, BESS comprises of individual battery cells within modules,

By storing energy during off-peak times and releasing it during peak times, BESS helps manage energy demand, preventing blackouts and minimizing the need for additional power infrastructure.

Halkirk Solar will include a 32 MW battery energy storage system.

Do you have other questions?

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Please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have.