Client: Gaia Power with assistance from Axium Infrastructure and Canadian Solar
Location: Morse Creek and Halbrite, Saskatchewan
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) was retained to produce annual electricity production estimates for two utility-scale solar farms. Axium depended on JLR’s Energy Systems team’s extensive experience in due diligence, performance reviews, and independent engineering of utility-scale solar facilities across Canada and the United States to develop performance review of these facilities.
JLR provided one photovoltaic system (PVsyst) model of each project suitable assumptions (e.g., for wiring losses and availability) to produce an estimate of monthly and annual electricity production. This was done to provide the projects with reliable, bankable energy forecasts to support the client in obtaining funding. The modeling compared multiple weather files, including 2016 Canadian Weather year for Energy Calculation (CWEC) weather file and two commercially obtained weather files. JLR used its proprietary tool to estimate the site-specific production lost due to snow cover on the modules.
JLR has also provided advisory services to Axium Infrastructure relating to several solar farms located across Ontario, supporting them in obtaining financing for the projects.