Polar Racking supplies PRU-ballasted, fixed tilt racking and structural engineering services for two large solar projects in Calgary, Alberta. They are Deerfoot Solar (55 MW DC) and Barlow Solar (37 MW DC). Construction is expected to begin in 2022. It will be the largest installation of solar energy in a major urban centre in Canada.
The two projects will be using 175,000 bifacial solar panels mounted on Polar’s ballasted, fixed-ground mount, which was the optimal solution for these sites because of its robust design. The system’s unique features can accommodate heavier snow loads and wind conditions that are typical of the cooler climates of Alberta.
“We’re excited to have large utilities putting their trust in our services and racking products,” says Vishal Lala, managing partner at Polar Racking. “At Polar, we deliver the highest value to our clients. We are proud to be supplying our racking systems to these large-scale projects, on otherwise unusable land near urban landscape, adding to our rapidly growing pipeline in North America.”
The largest urban solar project in Canada will be the Deerfoot and Barlow installation. The combined capacity of the two projects is 92 MW DC and 64 MW AC. These installations will generate enough clean energy each year to power over 18,000 homes and offset 68,000 tons carbon emissions.