Client: Alderville First Nation
Project Description: 5MW Solar Panel Pre-Feasibility Study

Time Line:  March 2010 to March 2011
Project Manager: Stephen Burnett

Client Category: First Nation
Service Category: Renewable Energy (Solar)

S. Burnett & Associates (SBA) was retained to prepare a Pre-Feasibility Study for the Alderville First Nation 5MW Solar Farm. This Study involved establishing the engineering, environmental and economic sustainability of a $25 Million solar power facility using methods including capital cost analysis, Operations & Maintenance (O&M) costs and revenue return rates.

SBA reviewed and verified several assumptions and calculations used in the development and planning stages of the project and also determined the appropriate land base required for either fixed and/or tracking solar panels. SBA concluded that the 5MW solar facility was technically and economically feasible for Alderville First Nation.  It was further determined that the solar farm could employ either 1) fixed panels, or 2) a combination of fixed and tracking panels. This recommendation was due to the relatively large area requirements of the tracking solar panels when compared to the fixed panels when considering the area of the proposed site.

SBA recommended that the project should be advanced to a pre-design and detailed design stage. Once finalized, the community was able to leverage the results of the Pre-Feasibility Study to secure funding from the banks, investors and Federal Agencies.

“This Study involved establishing the engineering, environmental and economic sustainability of a $25 Million facility using methods including capital cost analysis, Operations & Maintenance (O&M) costs and revenue return rates.”