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TC Energy’s Planned 81 MW Solar Plant to Help Power Natural Gas System
TC Energy Corp. is set to bring utility-scale solar power to its product line with the first C$146 million ($109 million) project at its Calgary home base.
The initial generating site would have an 81 MW capacity and include a jumbo battery. It would supply a suburban community, as well as TC’s pipeline network. The project site, south of Calgary at Saddlebrook, is in an area traversed by TC’s natural gas conduit Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL), in Alberta and British Columbia.
The Alberta government plans to cover C$10 million ($7.5 million) of the construction cost from a renewable energy support program. Completion is scheduled for 2023.
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The solar power station “bolsters our ability to deliver low-carbon solutions for our customers,” said TC Vice President Corey Hessen.
TC has pledged to hit a Canadian net-zero greenhouse gas emissions reduction target. The firm reported obtaining contracts for more than 400 MW from renewable power suppliers over the past two years.
Among its other initiatives, TC is exploring ways to connect renewable natural gas to its transportation network in the United States. The firm tapped GreenGasUSA Holdings LLC, an RNG operator and developer, to expand the volume of low-carbon gas captured from farms and landfills within the next few years.
TC has also been exploring hydrogen production. It is partnering with Nikola Corp. and Hyzon Motors to develop applications for the transportation sector.
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