EcoSmart provides three types of activities:
- We support the development of large-scale solar photovoltaic plant in western Canada.
- We develop advanced analytic tools to calculate the potential and performance of solar projects.
- We help communities and first nations to develop their own solar projects
In 2008, we initiated the development of SunMine, the first large-scale, ground-mounted, grid-connected PV plant in western Canada.
EcoSmart imagined the concept, identified the site, approached the main stakeholders, undertook pre-feasibility studies, designed and managed a two-year site monitoring program, and produced a very precise energy yield and revenue estimate based on the tools described above.
We also did the environmental assessment study, helped with the interconnection study, identified the main technologies, and managed the Request for Qualification (RFQ) and Request for Proposal (RFP) process.
The SunMine solar plant is now built and operational since summer 2015.
Solar for First Nations
We are currently investigating the potential of solar energy with First Nations. Some traditional territories such as K’tunaxa, Shuswap, Okanagan, West Moberly or Tsilhqot’in are located in regions with exceptional solar resources.
We have developed in-house computer tools to estimate the energy yield of solar projects. These SRI tools help determine with accuracy key projects parameters such as annual energy production, payback time, LCOE, ROI, etc,…
Where are the best solar locations in Canada? Our solar maps based on satellite data show just that. Contrary to other solar maps that give only the Ground Horizontal Irradiation (GHI) – useless for assessing real energy yield- our maps calculate location by location the optimum panel tilt angle, evaluate the system performance and give a precise estimate of the expected energy output across Canada.