The Stettler Solar + Storage Project (the Project) is a 36 megawatts (MW) solar and storage project proposed by ABO Wind Canada Ltd. (ABO Wind) that would displace approximately 38,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually and 1 million tonnes of CO2 over 25 years. The Project would provide a cost-effective source of enough clean energy for approximately 10,000 homes and will contribute to Alberta‘s increasing percentage of renewable energy generation.
The Project is located on privately owned, cultivated land approximately 2 kilometers southeast of the Town limits of Stettler. The Project would export up to 25 MW of capacity to the Alberta electricity grid.
We have recently formed the legal entity Stettler Solar Inc. (SSI) a subsidiary 100% owned by ABO Wind AG (ABO Wind’s parent company in Germany), which will take ownership of the Project. Going forward, SSI, will be the public facing entity for the Project and will be referenced in this and future documents.
Please join ABO Wind Canada to learn about and discuss our 34 megawatt renewable solar and storage project located on private land approximately 2 km southeast of the town limits of Stettler. The Project would provide a cost-effective source of enough clean energy for approximately 10,000 homes.
We look forward to seeing you.
Refreshments will be provided.
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2023
Where: Canalta Hotel, Stettler 6020, 50th Ave
Time: 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm
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Photovoltaic (PV) Panels – Approximately 72,000 PV panels will be used to convert sunlight into electricity. The nameplate capacity of each photovoltaic panel will be 565Wp and the nameplate capacity of the Project will be 36 MWac. The Project will use bifacial PV modules that are approximately 2 metres long and 1 metre wide. Due to continual innovation and availability of PV modules, the modules and layout are subject to change.
Ground-mounting Systems – The solar panels will be placed on a ground-mounted racking system. The racking will be supported by pile foundations. The Project will also look to utilize a single-axis tracking system. This will allow for the PV panels to follow the sun’s path throughout the day which will maximize power generation.
Inverter/Transformer Stations – The electricity generated from the PV panels will be in the form of direct current (DC). Inverter/Transformer Stations will convert DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity before increasing the voltage in order to connect to the Alberta electricity grid.
Access roads – The Project will be accessed via existing County roads and only pre-determined locations secured with locked gates and fences. The Project may also require upgrades to existing County roads in the area. All road upgrades will result from consultation with the County of Stettler.
Interconnection – ABO Wind will look to connect the Project to the grid via a distribution line that will link directly to the Stettler 796S substation. The substation is owned by the local DFO (Distribution Facility Owner), ATCO Electric. Grid studies are ongoing with the DFO and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).
Energy Storage/Battery – The proposed (16 MW/55MWh) battery will store electricity in periods of excess generation from the solar site and discharge the electricity to the grid during periods of high demand. This allows for shifting the renewable energy generation to times when it is most needed. The inclusion of storage will also allow for more penetration of intermittent renewable resources.
Other Infrastructure – In addition to the components listed above, the Project will also look to include a fence, laydown yard area to store materials and parking, as well as an Operation and Maintenance building to be used for the solar development once operational.
The Project Development Area is located between Range Roads 194 and 195 on the Northwest and Northeast quarters of Section 20, Range 19, Township 38 West of the 4 Meridian, which is in close proximity to an existing ATCO Substation (see map). The site was selected based on availability of existing private cultivated land, grid capacity, proximity to substation and suitable access.The Project boundary is 190 acres and the Project footprint (disturbed land) will be approximately 150 acres.
There are a number of setbacks that SSI adheres to in order to eliminate or minimize impact to people and environment. These include:
Potential Impacts and Environmental Studies
SSI is working with third-party experts to perform the required technical and environmental studies needed to support the Project. The studies include:
Maskwa Environmental completed comprehensive environmental assessments for the Project. The information gathered from the environmental field program was included in the Renewable Energy Submission Report and submitted to Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (AEPA) in Spring of 2023. AEPA will issue a Renewable Energy Referral Letter that will outline an overall Project risk ranking. SSI is required to commit to construction and operational mitigation stated by AEPA based on the risk assessment.
Once the AEPA Referral Report is issued an application is made to the AUC under Rule 007 – Application – Solar power plants or battery storage facilities, 10 megawatts or greater – urban and rural. SSI expects to submit the application in Q4, 2023. The Public will be informed of the Application submission. Furthermore, Water Act applications will be submitted to AEPA for construction activities in Ephemeral Water Bodies (“Class I”) and Temporary (“Class II”) wetlands. In-lieu wetland replacement fees will be paid to AEPA for any wetland losses; these fees contribute to wetland replacement initiatives throughout in the province.
The Project will have sound-generating infrastructure, which include the inverter/transformer stations and the battery storage units. Noise is regulated by the AUC Rule 012. The Project will comply with all regulatory guidelines. The noise contour shown below represents the potential impact from the Project infrastructure, in combination with existing sound from the area. The cumulative sound level produced from the Project and existing facilities is limited to 40dBA (decibels). The noise limit is approximately equivalent to sound produced from light rain or a soft whisper.
Glare is regulated by the AUC Rule 007. A solar glare hazard analysis was completed by Green Cat Renewables for the Project, which assessed nearby dwellings within 800m and roads adjacent to the Project boundary. The report indicates that the Project ‘is not likely to have the potential to create hazardous glare conditions for the dwellings or roads.’ The report can be shared with stakeholders upon request.
Historical Resources, including archaeological and paleontological sites, will be considered for the Project. SSI will consult with Alberta Culture and Status of Women in order to obtain clearance for the Project.
|November 2022||Public Notification and Project Information Package 1|
|Spring 2022 to Fall 2022||Environmental Field Studies|
|Q1 2023||Submission of Environmental Assessment to Alberta Environment and Protected Areas|
|March 2023||Open House in Stettler|
|Q3 2023||Public Notification and Project Information Package 2|
|Q4 2023||AUC Application Submission|
|Q1 2024||AUC Review and Approval|
|Q2 2024||MD Permit Review and Approval|
|Q3 2024||Start of Construction|
|Q4 2025||Commencement of Operation|
SSI commits to creating a lasting positive impact in the communities where we develop renewable projects. As we learn more about each community, we discover initiatives that would benefit from our contributions. This year we were a proud sponsor of the Stettler Steel Wheel Stampede where members of our team were able to attend in person to enjoy the festivities. SSI looks forward to supporting community initiatives for years to come as we grow our relationship throughout the life of the Project. In addition to this local funding the project will generate the following positive benefits:
At ABO Wind, we believe that we are more than just the projects we develop but are a part of the communities where they are developed.
The consultation process is guided by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC), Rule 007, Applications for Power Plants, Substations, Transmission Lines, Industrial System Designations, Hydro Developments and Gas Utility Pipelines. ABO Wind commits to forthright and meaningful communication that is timely and respectful. If you have questions about the Regulatory and Consultation Process, you can contact ABO Wind. Alternatively, you can contact the AUC at 403-592-4500, firstname.lastname@example.org. or visit their website at www.auc.ab.ca.
We understand that not all interested parties were able to attend the Open House and that some attendees may not have been able to speak to each technical expert. Based on feedback forms and stakeholder input, we have compiled a list of the FAQs. If you have any follow-up questions, please contact SSI directly for additional information.
SSI is currently working on a weed mitigation plan for the Project. This includes collaboration with the County and adjacent landowners to provide acceptable low-maintenance cover crop options. If herbicides are used, they would be similar to what other farming operations use in the surrounding fields and will be compliant with Provincial regulations. In the limited area where topsoil is stripped, it will be temporarily stockpiled adjacent to the location and then returned. Finalized measures will be captured in the Weed Mitigation Management Plan, which will be incorporated into the Environmental Protection Plan. The plan will be shared with the County and form part of the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) application.
The Alberta Government has set out Conservation and Reclamation (C&R) Regulations under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act (Alberta Regulation 115/1993). As these regulations can be updated, SSI will follow the most recent regulations at the time of decommissioning. A Conservation and Reclamation plan will be made available to the County and AUC when ready. The plan will outline methods to ensure a successful reclamation process for after the decommissioning of the Project. The intent of the C&R plan is to have the land reclaimed to its previous land use and function. Through the lease agreement with the landowner, a decommissioning fund will be created during the Project’s operation and all applicable costs will be the responsibility of SSI.
After comparing the scope of the proposed Stettler Solar project to similar projects within Alberta, three solar projects were identified that were near country residential developments. Brooks Solar Project, Claresholm Solar Project and Foothills Solar Project, all have country residential development adjacent to the projects. When the adjacent sales were examined, there was no measurable difference in property values, both after the projects were proposed as well as after/during construction near the solar projects. In addition, there has not been an increase in the expected number of listings around solar projects after they are constructed in these areas. These results have been confirmed by other appraisers reviewing potential impacts to adjoining parcels on these projects. A literature review of studies on the impacts of solar projects has also been conducted. While there are no studies within Alberta, there have been studies in Ontario, USA and Europe. Based on a review of these studies it is inconclusive as to whether or not there is a measurable impact to property values adjoining a solar project, especially with consideration of the typical land use and density of development within Alberta compared to Eastern USA and European countries.
The Project will have an Emergency Response Plan (ERP), as part of its construction and operation procedures. A draft ERP will be included in the Power Plant Application to the AUC. The plan will detail emergency response procedures to be taken in the rare occurrence of a fire at site, or other emergencies that might occur during construction and operation. The ERP will be continually updated as needed and SSI will follow the ERP upon construction of the Project. SSI has initiated consultation with a number of key entities including external experts and Stettler County emergency services. Feedback will be incorporated into the ERP, with the final document reviewed by County agencies and the AUC.
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