TC Energy is proposing to construct and operate the Saddlebrook Solar + Storage Project. The solar and energy storage project will consist of a solar-generating facility that will operate in conjunction with a battery energy storage system.
To be located on TC Energy-owned land at the Saddlebrook Industrial Park in Aldersyde, Alberta, Canada, the proposed solar-generating facility will use bifacial solar panels to generate energy. Lockheed Martin will supply the battery energy storage system.
Phase one of the project will consist of the installation of up to 102.5 MW of solar generation, which can generate enough electricity to power approximately 30,000 homes. Phase two will consist of the installation of a utility-scale energy storage facility, up to 6.5 MW.
Both phases will utilize inverter technology to convert the electricity produced by the solar panels and battery into alternating current. The electricity produced will feed into the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES) through an existing substation.
The proposed project is partially supported by $10 million in funding from Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) through their BEST Challenge, to support the development of a hybrid solar generation facility combined with a flow battery energy storage system.
ERA’s BEST Challenge targets technologies that demonstrate the potential to reduce greenhouse emissions in Alberta and secure the province’s success in a lower carbon economy.