Shediac’s Community Solar Farm
This facility will be connected to the distribution grid in Shediac and provide clean electricity to the two net-zero commercial buildings: Shediac’s Multipurpose Centre and the Government of Canada Pension Centre.
- Solar panels to create a 1.63 megawatt (MW) solar farm on over 10 acres of land
- 1 MW, 4 MWh energy storage battery
- Shediac Community Solar Farm information kiosk, model solar panels, and parking lot
NB Power is New Brunswick’s electricity company;
working every day to provide consistent, safe and reliable energy at the lowest possible cost to New Brunswickers. As part of this ongoing commitment, NB Power has been leading a number of initiatives and working with communities in finding new ways to lower their carbon footprint through using energy more efficiently and in some cases even producing renewable energy!
In 2016, Shediac pledged to become leaders in sustainable and responsible energy consumption.
With the federal government targeting funding to such initiatives to lower carbon emissions, NB Power quickly recognized the opportunity to partner with local leaders on a common goal. Together with the Town, they developed the Shediac Smart Energy Community Project.*
Shediac’s Community Solar Farm
The project involves many important pieces, but one of the most significant and interesting is the building of a Community Solar Farm, the first of its kind in New Brunswick! Indeed, we are currently building NB Power’s first utility-scale solar facility – a 1.63 megawatt (MW) solar farm with utility battery storage capacity. Now, what does 1.63 MW really mean? This is enough energy to power approximately 100 homes for a year!
That’s a lot of energy, and it will be produced right within Shediac town limits. Truly, a local renewable energy source!
Lots of very positive energy outcomes can be accomplished with a solar farm!
This facility will be connected to the distribution grid in Shediac and provide clean electricity to help two commercial buildings - the Government of Canada Pension Centre and the Town of Shediac Multipurpose Centre - achieve a net-zero rating. If there is excess renewable energy from the solar farm, it will flow directly into the community making Shediac even greener.
Currently, the site (within the town limits on Lino Road off Highway 15) is being prepared for solar farm construction. There are a number of things to consider when developing such a project:
• Minimizing the environmental impact
• Determining the best area and orientation for the solar panels and placement of the energy storage battery.
*The federal departments of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) are funding this important research. The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is our lead research partner.
Things are moving along fast, and we expect construction to be completed and the solar farm to be producing electricity in 2021!
We can’t wait to keep you updated on this ground-breaking project!