The first phase of the Saddlebrook Solar and Storage project was completed on January 5th.
During the first phase, enough bifacial solar panels were installed to allow for 81 megawatts of solar generation, which is enough to power approximately 20,000 homes.
The Saddlebrook project is situated at the Saddlebrook Industrial Park near Aldersyde.
During the Okotoks town council meeting on January 22nd, TC Energy provided council with an update on this project, which included informing them they are moving onto phase two.
According to the document TC Energy provided the town, "TC Energy will focus on Phase Two of the Project, the installation of a utility-scale energy storage facility with the ability to store up to 6.5 MW, 40-megawatt-hour (MWh) in a battery system. This would operate in conjunction with Phase One."
Both the solar-generating facility and the energy storage system will convert the electricity they generate into alternating current.
Electricity produced by this project will be feed into the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES) through the substation that was built during the first phase.
Phase two is expected to be completed by the end of the year.