By Justin Seward
BluEarth Renewables’ Burdett and Yellow Lake solar projects will be online in the next couple weeks, as confirmed by project manager Chelsie Dundas.
Once online the 20-megawatt Burdett project will have the capability to power 3,300 homes annually and the 19-megawatt Yellow Lake project will be able to power 3,100 homes annually.
There are approximately 71,000 to 73,000 solar panels per site.
“After nine months of construction, we’re really at the final stages of project completion,” said Dundas.
“The projects both look like they will be reaching commercial operation in the next couple of weeks. They are connected and in the last phases of commissioning and they are beginning to generate clean renewable energy.”
Dundas said the construction of both of these projects went extremely well from BluEarth’s perspective.
“They went quite smooth, were on schedule and both these projects sites really came a reality during the COVID-19 pandemic while it was unfolding,” she said.
“We worked through increased protocols to increased health and safety of everyone involved. But we didn’t experience any changes to construction or operations as a result of the pandemic.”
The project injected over $70 million of capital investment in the Alberta economy and over its life span will provide stable property tax revenue to county.