Irish based renewable energy developer DP Energy has teamed up with Canadian energy and
infrastructure giant ATCO to deliver the first of its Solar PV projects in Alberta. The investment will see
the ATCO Group, through its investment in Canadian Utilities Limited, build, own and operate the
Barlow and Deerfoot Solar Park projects both located in southeast Calgary, whilst DP Energy continues
to support through to construction and operation.
The two projects occupy brownfield land comprising capped phosphogypsum stacks, a by-product of
fertilizer production that restricts most development opportunities. Solar PV is an environmentally
sustainable option for productive use of the land that also helps to meet Alberta’s green energy
At 27 MW and 37 MW respectively, the two projects will be capable of producing enough clean
electricity to supply the equivalent of 18,000 Albertan households. Unique for Solar PV projects of this
scale, the generation is co-located with urban demand for electricity, minimising transmission losses.
“The urban location and re-purposing of industrial land, differentiate the Barlow and Deerfoot Solar
Parks from other renewable projects. Seeing these move into the construction phase with ATCO is a
great milestone to achieve,” says Simon De Pietro, CEO of DP Energy. “Viterra Canada Inc., the
landowner, has shared our vision for this sustainable use of the sites and we have worked closely from
the outset to ensure compatibility with their existing environmental management program for the
“We’re pleased to be partnering with DP Energy and ATCO on these important projects, which is a
good opportunity to utilize the land to support new clean energy production in Alberta” said Kyle
Jeworski, CEO of Viterra North America. “Their plans for these sites align well with our overall
commitment to sustainability and our focus on minimizing our environmental footprint in the areas
where we operate.”
Construction for both projects is expected to occur during 2022, with commercial operations targeted
for Q4 2022. The Calgary projects are the first in a portfolio of wind and solar opportunities DP Energy
is pursuing across Western Canada. DP Energy’s larger Saamis Solar Park in Medicine Hat was recently
awarded a development permit for an expanded 325 MW solar PV project in the north of the City.
Similar to the Calgary projects, Saamis Solar Park will occupy phosphogypsum stacks on land owned
by Viterra Canada Inc. Targeting late 2023 for commercial operation, once built, the transmission
connected project will offset around 350,000 tonnes of carbon annually and generate enough
electricity to supply the equivalent of 90,000 households.