Saddlebrook Solar and Storage
The proposed project will consist of a solar generating facility in conjunction with a flow battery energy storage system. The solar generating facility will use state-of-the-art bifacial solar panels to generate energy. As part of a recent partnership with Lockheed Martin, the project will utilize Lockheed Martin’s GridStar® Flow Energy Storage System, allowing for long-duration energy storage. Having been awarded a funding contribution by Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) through their BEST Challenge, the innovative pilot project is intended to demonstrate the potential to reduce GHG emissions in Alberta and secure the province’s success in a lower carbon economy.
The project will be located entirely on TC Energy owned land at the Saddlebrook Industrial Park located near Aldersyde, Alberta. The initial pilot phase will consist of a 10-megawatt (MWac) utility scale solar facility, combined with a utility-scale (5 MWac, 40 MWh) energy storage facility utilizing the GridStar® Flow Energy Storage System technology.
This phase is expected to provide enough emission-free electricity to power approximately 3,000 homes. In addition, the system will offer up to 5 MW of energy storage for up to eight hours, capable of providing clean energy to the Alberta grid even when the sun isn’t shining.
By utilizing the available vacant land on the project site, the project has the capability to expand in subsequent phases up to 95 MWac of solar generation, along with additional energy storage capacity. Once complete, both phases of this development are expected to be developed, owned, and operated by TC Energy.