Saskatchewan utility SaskPower seeks to buy up to 50 MW of renewable power, with up to 25 MW from wind, remainder from solar, biomass, small hydro, waste heat recovery, flare gas; applications due by June 1

REGINA, Saskatchewan , March 30, 2011 (press release) – SaskPower is planning to add about 50 megawatts (MW) of renewable power to the province’s electricity grid through its second annual Green Options (GO) Partners Program lottery.

“The Green Options Partners Program provides opportunities for the province’s Independent Power Producers to develop environmentally preferred power projects and sell the electricity to SaskPower,” said Rob Norris, Minister responsible for SaskPower. “Programs like this will help ensure a sustainable supply of electricity for the province– today and in the longer term.”

Applications for renewable power projects between 100 kilowatts (kWh) and 10 MW will be selected through a lottery, which closes at 3:00 p.m. June 1, 2011.

This year SaskPower will purchase up to 50 MW of renewable power through the program, with up to 25 MW coming from wind. Other eligible generation technologies include solar, biomass, small hydro, waste heat recovery and flare gas.

“We’ve reviewed the way this program has worked in the past and determined that a lottery process is the most equitable way of making our initial project selections,” said Robert Watson, SaskPower President and Chief Executive Officer. “Being able to select from a wide range of  renewable power projects will help us maintain a diverse mix of generation options.”

SaskPower’s GO Partners Program was introduced in 2009 along with the Green Options (GO) Plan – which will see an additional 175 MW of wind power added to the province’s system. The projects in development through these programs will more than double wind power production in the province.

More information about the program lottery, application forms and submission details are available at saskpower.com.

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