Western canada largest solar energy plant begins
PRESS RELEASE – SunMine Ground breaking – July 7, 2014 2014
Construction on SunMine the biggest solar field west of Ontario, was officially started Monday, as part of a $5.3M project to make use of a contaminated mine site in Kimberley, British Columbia.
Read the article on CBC News
Get the latest facts and figures on solar energy and SunMine. (Slide presentation)
Slide Show: Solar Facts
Table of content:
- Energy costs
- World solar capacity
- PV prices
- US solar capacity
- Key facts (USA)
- Solar capacity vs BC Hydro Capacity
- Solar Maps
- Solar maps BC and Alberta
- BC solar ranking
- Temperature and soiling
- Kimberley, BC
- Kimberley vs Abu Dhabi
- Energy yield and temperature / soiling correction
- Why trackers? ( face the sun)
- Solar irradiance : direct and diffuse.
- Tracking the sun
- On-site tests
- Financial return : IRR and ROI
- Investment grade analysis
- Solar Data
- Exceedance probability
- SunMine innovation
- Solar + Mining
- Location, location, location
The SunMine solar plant in Kimberley, BC is an innovative project that showcases six ‘first’:
- The largest solar facility West of Ontario.
- The first grid-connected solar PV installation in BC.
- The first solar tracker used in Western Canada and adapted to northern high altitude climate
- The first re-development of a remediated industrial site into a solar farm in Canada.
- The first large solar project supported by a Canadian mining company in Canada.
- The first large solar facility developed and owned & operated by a Canadian municipality.
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.
From November 2010 to March 2013, EcoSmart conducted a solar test next to the proposed SunMine Site.
Download the SunMine test results
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.
EcoSmart has now completed the feasibility study of the SunMine project, including: Continue reading SunMine Feasibility Study