Friday, October 30, 2009

With the standing offer from SaskPower under the Green Options Partners Program announced yesterday there has been some speculation that a PV project might make up the 25 mW set aside for non-wind.

Saskatchewan has a reputation for harsh winters but those frigid days are almost always accompanied with crystal clear conditions making it a PV hotspot - particularly the city of Regina, which has a higher PV potential of any city in Canada and ranks very well internationally.

Yearly PV potential (kWh/kW) for South-facing PV panels with latitude tilt for major cities in the world:

Cairo, Egypt 1635
Capetown, South Africa 1538
New Delhi, India 1523
Los Angeles, U.S.A 1485
Mexico City, Mexico 1425
Regina, Saskatchewan 1361
Sydney, Australia 1343
Rome, Italy 1283
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1253
Ottawa, Canada 1198
Beijing, China 1148
Washington, D.C. 1133
Paris, France 938
St. John's, NL 933
Tokyo, Japan 885
Berlin, Germany 848
Moscow, Russia 803
London, England 728

SaskPower boosts wind power production in Saskatchewan

Big news from the provincial government and SaskPower!

SaskPower boosts wind power production in Saskatchewan

SaskPower is launching two new programs that will enable the corporation to more than double wind power production in the province. The Green Options Plan and the Green Options Partners Program will add another 200 megawatts (MW) of wind power to SaskPower’s generation capacity.

“As our government announced in the Throne Speech on October 21, we are making a significant commitment to increased wind power in Saskatchewan,” said Bill Boyd, Minister responsible for SaskPower. “These programs will enable SaskPower to continue to lead in the production of clean renewable energy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help ensure Saskatchewan has a sustainable supply of electricity for many years to come.”

Under the Green Options Plan, SaskPower will undertake a competitive process to procure up to 175 MW of wind power from one or more Independent Power Producers.

The Green Options Partners Program, meanwhile, will see SaskPower introduce a standing offer program to purchase up to 50 MW of renewable power from private sector developers, with up to 25 MW of the total coming from wind power. The remainder will be generated through proven clean technologies, such as biomass, heat recovery or low impact hydro generation.


The RFQ is expected to be released on December 1, 2009.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Climate change gathering in Saskatoon

A crowd of about 150 people gathered Saturday October 26, 2009 in Kinsmen Park to demand government action on climate change.

The Saskatoon event was part of the Global Day of Climate Action that saw groups around the world hold demonstrations, with more than 4,000 events registered in about 170 countries.

It is anticipated the provincial government and SaskPower will announce an RFP for renewable energy by the end of 2009 in order to meet climate change objectives.