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Innogy to build 57 MWp of subsidy-free solar in Canada

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February 18 (Renewables Now) - Innogy SE (ETR:IGY) has taken the final investment decision (FID) for solar projects in Canada totalling 57 MWp which it plans to build without state subsidies, the German energy company said Monday.

The 30-MWp Prairie Sunlight II and 27-MWp Prairie Sunlight III projects were developed by Canada’s Solar Krafte Utilities Inc. The latter transferred the rights to Innogy in February 2019. Conditions of the transaction are also kept under wraps.

Innogy and Solar Krafte have plas to develop up to 1 GWp of solar projects together.

The construction of the two solar farms in Canada is slated to begin in the second quarter of 2019 with commercial operations expected by the end of the year. Innogy has not offered details on the investment volume other than that it is in the mid-double-digit million euro range. The parks will be located near the town of Vauxhall, Southern Alberta. Once commissioned, they will be capable of producing enough electricity to meet the demand of about 12,500 Alberta homes.

Innogy’s subsidiary BELECTRIC will be in charge of the construction of the farms and will provide operations and maintenance (O&M) services once they are built.

In January, Innogy announced a FID for the 50-MW Alarcos solar project in Spain’s Castile-La Mancha region, which it also plans to build without state subsidies.  

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