When it comes to sunshine, Alberta has a lot to brag about, and it seems many are taking notice of the province’s riches.

BluEarth Renewables Inc. developed the utility-scale fixed-tilt solar photovoltaic projects at two sites, about 15 kilometers apart, outside of Medicine Hat, in what would be one of the many solar contracts for PCL in Alberta.

To assist BluEarth in completing development, PCL’s Solar Centre of Excellence led this design-build venture, ensuring timely delivery and optimal cost for power for our client. The combined 210 acres of land comprises 140,000 panels and over 5,500 tables, generating 39MWAC.

Designed and built around environmental constraints, including wetlands, it took a team of top talent to ensure the project’s plan included no impact on protected habitats and controls were in place for stormwater management.

The scope of the work consisted of the supply and installation of foundations, racking, PV modules, electrical wiring, inverters, MV station skids and transformers. Also necessary were associated site works, including fencing, site services, access roads and a retention pond at Yellow Lake.

PCL’s workforce remained a powerhouse throughout the project’s life. Although the COVID-19 pandemic created labour uncertainty and forced some of our team to work remotely across the country, the project was completed on time. Yellow Lake & Burdett worked in collaboration to ensure staffing needs were met, and at their peak, there were over 200 workers at the sites collectively.


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