GP Joule completes first service provider solar challenge in Alberta Canada
GP JOULE Canada Corp., a subsidiary of GP JOULE GmbH, has completed construction of the 25.43 MW Innisfail solar project in Red Deer County, Alberta. GP JOULE has partnered with Elemental Energy Inc., the British Columbia-based renewable energy developer, investor and project owner, along with community stakeholders to successfully complete this novel solar farm for retailers. The project was completed on time and within budget, safely – despite the outbreak of a global pandemic in the middle of the installation.
“Delivering a vision like Innisfail Solar depends on the strong leadership and collaboration our solar team has experienced with Elemental Energy,” said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE North America. “We would like to thank the Innisfail community for the welcome and cooperation in building this utility-scale solar system, even if everyone has included comprehensive guidelines that protect us from COVID-19.”
Community support. GP JOULE received excellent support from the local community and worked to commission them with over 100 local construction works as of October 2019. Local subcontractors worked on site with preparation, clearance and other key services on site. Locally owned companies also provided water and septic tanks.
“We had an aggressive timeline to complete this project, so it was imperative to hire a turnkey EPC company that has experience working with a corporate structure like ours and can meet our expectations of partnering with the Innisfail community,” said Jamie Houssian. Principal at Elemental Energy. “Both Elemental and GP JOULE integrated Innisfail employees and companies throughout the entire project cycle. Together we have created renewable energies, new economic opportunities and sources of income that can flow for years. “
With the Innisfail installation having to withstand the discouraging Alberta climate for decades, Elemental Energy chose GP JOULE’s proprietary and CSA-classified shelving technology to secure the 69,000 bi-facial solar panels on-site.
“By integrating our banking strength and our expertise in EPC services for northern markets with our robust PHLEGON shelf technology, which is suitable for the climate and terrain of the Innisfail project, we have found an excellent solution here,” said Pichard . “With our innovative plug-and-play solution, we have developed the system for future battery storage. This means that Innisfail and similar establishments can make even greater use of the green electricity they generate when market dynamics change. “