The province announced a new way for customers of SaskPower to partner up with the Crown power company to produce electricity, and sell it back to the Crown. The announcement was made Wednesday by the Minister Responsible for SaskPower, Dustin Duncan.
The program will provide SaskPower with sources of electricity by allowing customers to develop power generation projects to sell electricity to SaskPower. The Power Generation Partner Program would accept up to 10 megawatts of power from renewable resources such as solar, and 25 megawatts of carbon-neutral non-renewable generation like flare gas.
“We’re really excited to be launching this program and to be working with individuals and industries to help reduce emissions for SaskPower in terms of ways they are generating power into the future,” said Duncan.
The program is set to go for two years, with an option for a third year. Applications will be accepted on an annual basis, and the first window for applications will be open from November 15th to 30th.
“This program will help SaskPower achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 by adding up to 105 megawatts of renewable and carbon-neutral electrical generation,” Duncan said in a written release. “This is part of our commitment in Prairie Resilience and is another example of real action on climate change without imposing a harmful carbon tax on the people and the industries in Saskatchewan.”
The Net Metering Program, where customers can generate electricity from renewable sources to offset their own power use, will be updated. The details for the program will be announced later this year.
Information on what projects are eligible, and how to apply, can be found on the SaskPower website.