EcoSmart tasked DNV KEMA to estimate capital costs and perform an energy estimate for the SunMine project, based on a 2 MW DC ground mount vertical axis tracker system.
Based on costs as of August 2013, DNV KEMA estimated capital costs for construction of the site, and expects these to be approximately $1.83 per Wp (based on August 2013 costs) Continue reading Energy Prediction and Construction Cost Estimate of SunMine
The SunMine project has no particular restriction on local content for the main technologies, such as the PV modules or inverters, as none are manufactured in BC.
Therefore, the capital cost should not differ much from other international projects that have access to equipment on the open market.
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From November 2010 to March 2013, EcoSmart conducted a solar test next to the proposed SunMine Site.
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Continue reading SunMine Energy Assessment: Test Results
EcoSmart was the initial driving force behind SunMine, a one Megawatt photovoltaic plant on a reclaimed industrial site in Kimberley, BC.
For a century, the Sullivan mine was the largest lead mine in Canada and the main economic engine for Kimberley, BC. It ceased operation in 2001, leaving behind a huge industrial brownfield site and an industrial town with a need to reinvent itself.
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EcoSmart has now completed the feasibility study of the SunMine project, including: Continue reading SunMine Feasibility Study
The SunMine Environmental Assessment screening study prepared by EcoSmart has been approved by the Government of Canada. Continue reading SunMine Environmental Assessment
Except in Ontario, which benefits from an exceptionally generous Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program, solar energy is still underdeveloped in Canada, despite an enormous potential and high level of radiation. (Source: NRCan)
Continue reading Solar Energy in Canada