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TC Energy spending $146 million to build solar power project in Alberta

Future rendering of TC Energy solar farm at Saddlebrook, near Aldersyde, Alta. Courtesy: TC Energy Corporation

TC Energy Corp. says it is spending $146 million to build its first Canadian solar power project south of Calgary.

The company says the Saddlebrook solar project will be located near Aldersyde, Alta., and will have the capacity to generate 81 megawatts, enough energy to power 20,000 homes annually.

“This is the first utility-scale solar project to be fully developed and delivered by TC Energy in our history,” said Corey Hessen, TC Energy executive vice-president, in a news release.

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“This investment bolsters our ability to deliver low-carbon solutions for our customers and underscores our commitment to add renewable energy to the local electricity grid.”

In addition to the solar project, in April, TC Energy announced plans to explore development of a 60-tonnes-per-day hydrogen production hub near Crossfield, Alta.

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The company has also acquired more than 400 MW of renewable power via power purchase agreements in Alberta in the past 24 months.

TC Energy says it has obtained all regulatory approvals and permits and construction is expected to be finished next year.

During the construction phase, the company says the project will involve about 140 workers.

Two full-time TC Energy employees will work at the facility once it is in operation.

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