A test project for solar power in Saskatoon moved a step closer to reality on Tuesday.
The city’s standing policy committee on environment, utilities and community services approved a measure recommending that council vote in favour of a project teaming Saskatoon Light and Power with a group of 74 residents called the SES Solar Co-Operative Ltd.
With the measure clearing the committee, it will move to a full council vote on Oct. 26.
If approved, the project would see each side contribute about $90,000 towards the building of a pair of solar arrays capable of generating a total of about 36 kilowatts, or, roughly enough power for 30 homes.
Saskatoon Light and Power is expected to benefit from the deal by buying electricity back from the co-op at a discount compared to what they’d regularly pay SaskPower. The utility estimates it would save $3000 in the first year. For its part, the co-op would get the revenue from the city purchasing the power, an amount also estimated at $3000 in the first year.
The project was described as a demonstration to see how viable solar was in Saskatoon, with the possibility of building larger arrays in the future.