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Saskatchewan environment group announces plans for nearly 1,000-panel solar array

The project would be the SES Coop's largest solar panel array.
The project would be the SES Coop's largest solar panel array. Supplied / Saskatchewan Environmental Society

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society Solar Co-op announced plans to build a solar panel array — with nearly 1,000 panels — at the CNH Industrial-New Holland site in Saskatoon.

The partnership, said Co-op vice-president Michael Nemeth, would create an array that would yield 375 kilowatts for the plant on 71st Street.

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He also said the project works towards fulfilling the Coop’s goals of accelerating the use of solar power in Saskatchewan.

To that end, he said the Co-op would organize volunteers to regularly clean the panels to maintain maximum efficiency and to hire professional contractors for any repairs.

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Co-op board member Jason Praski said the industrial size of the project was new but he’s still excited to partner with a company that is “taking steps into electric machinery.”

The Co-op is currently looking for shareholders and said construction could be completed by the end of the year​, pending a mutual agreement to pause the building process if the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

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