The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) not too long ago granted power plant and battery energy storage system (BESS) approval and issued a substation allow and license for Sunnynook Solar + Energy Storage, a challenge of Sunnynook Solar Energy Inc., which is a majority owned subsidiary of Westbridge Renewable Energy Corporation.
Located in Special Area No. 2, Alberta, the Sunnynook challenge, is the second of Westbridge’s 5 Alberta ventures to obtain power plant and BESS approval from the AUC. Sunnynook Solar Energy now has the go-ahead to begin development and operation.
The challenge consists of a solar power plant with an permitted capability of as much as 270 MW AC, BESS with capability of as much as 200 MWh and the substation. Approval is granted topic to provisions by the Hydro and Electric Energy Act and the Alberta Utilities Commission Act. It is anticipated that purposes to the AUC regarding interconnection approvals can be filed within the fourth quarter of 2023.
“We are pleased to announce the successful attainment of AUC approval for our Sunnynook project, marking yet another significant milestone for our organization,” says Maggie McKenna, Westbridge director and COO. “This progress is a crucial step forward in advancing the Sunnynook project toward the ready-to-build stage.”