Fawcett River Telecommunications
ATCO upgraded an existing, isolated diesel-powered telecommunications tower in Fawcett River, Alberta which supports the transmission electricity networknto an off-grid solar-and-storage microgrid system. ATCO will own and operate 35kW PV solar array and 96kWh lithium-ion battery storage, and microgrid control system to provide reliable power to the telecommunications tower. This project eliminated an annual diesel consumption of 26,000L. It demonstrates an innovative solution for utilities by finding ways to create a clean energy future within existing operations in remote areas.
The lithium-ion battery and microgrid controls are critical to system reliability – stabilizing the system during fluctuations of solar output. Furthermore, the battery will store excess renewable energy produced during sunny days in the spring and summer to provide power during the night.
Other project benefits include improved air quality, reduced noise, increased road safety by reducing diesel tanker trips, and overall energy efficiency for the site.