Aura Power is working on a renewable energy proposal in Cypress County, Alberta. The renewable energy facility includes 240MW of solar capacity with a 100MW battery energy storage system located on privately-owned, cultivated land.
The facility will use approximately 521,000 modules on single-axis tracker systems, 64 inverter and transformer stations, an electrical collection system, and access roads. A substation will connect the Project to the Alberta Interconnected Electric System (AIES).
Further details on the proposal and frequently asked questions can be found further down this page.
We held a Community Open House on the 25th January in Seven Persons, Alberta. We have since been working with Cypress County to evolve our plans and will continue to do so to ensure the project can be built to the highest standards.
Amount of homes powered with clean renewable energy
Tonnes of CO2 offset annually
Equivalent number of electric cars powered per year
Listening to the views of the local community is very important to us and your feedback has helped shape our design.
We held a Community Open House in the local area on the 25th January where we spoke to a number of local residents and stakeholders.
The feedback we received was very valuable and we have accounted for those comments where feasible in the final design of the facility.
The preliminary site layout takes into account various constraints such as: The preliminary site layout takes into account various constraints such as:
• Bird migration surveys
• Wetland setbacks
• Wildlife setbacks
• Road setbacks
• Property line setbacks
• Transmission line right-of-way and setback
• Oil & Gas setbacks
• Efficient use of land
We have undertaken a number of surveys to help inform our proposal. These include;
A detailed Noise Impact Assessment (NIA) has been completed to ensure the Project adheres to Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Rule 012: Noise Control. A copy of NIA will be included in the AUC application.
A glare assessment has been completed to assess potential for glare at residences and along local roads and we are committed to mitigating glare concerns.
Comprehensive environmental studies including wildlife studies, vegetation studies, wetlands delineation and habitat mapping have been completed for the Project.
•The results and potential mitigation were submitted to Alberta Environment and Protected Areas (AEPA).
•AEPA issued a Renewable Energy Referral Report in December 2022 giving the Project an overall risk ranking of Low
•Historical Resources Act approval has been applied for and approval is expected in Q1, 2023.
At the end of the project’s life, it will be decommissioned or re-powered. When decommissioned, equipment such as the solar modules and racking will be salvaged and recycled. Solar installations primarily use steel posts that are driven or screwed into the ground, and only use concrete foundations for inverters and the collector substation. Reclamation will be consistent with the Alberta Conservation and Reclamation Directive for Renewable Energy Operations or applicable legislation at the time. The landowner can resume normal agricultural operations following the 35 + year lifespan of the solar project. A decommissioning plan and an initial conservation and reclamation plan will be developed for the Alberta Utilities Commission and Cypress County
Your feedback is very important to us. Please leave a comment and one of our project team will get back to you as soon as possible.