District of Summerland teams up with companies on renewable energy project

Summerland looks to future

A Hydro-Quebec subsidiary has teamed up with a pair of Okanagan companies on a renewable energy project for Summerland.

EVLO Energy Storage, a Quebec battery energy storage company, is partnering with Penticton’s Wildstone Construction Group and Skyfire Energy, which has locations throughout the Okanagan. Wildstone is a general contractor, while Skyfire is a Western Canadian solar panel installation contractor.

The energy project will provide the District of Summerland with its first utility-scale solar facility that combines battery energy storage system technology to extend the system’s output into the hours when energy demand is highest. The storage system will enable peak shaving, which will eliminate short-term demand spikes and lower peak loads, reducing overall demand costs.

“Summerland is one of five municipalities in B.C. to own a local electrical utility, which provides us an opportunity to generate some of our own electricity and store it for later use at peak hours,” Summerland Mayor Doug Holmes said in a press release. “Storage capability is the key to helping us control costs and provide a more stable and resilient grid.”

The Summerland project is EVLO’s first in Western Canada, and it has several sites in operation and in development in North America and France.

“We are honoured to support this green energy initiative that stems from the district’s vision,” EVLO president and CEO Sonia St-Arnaud said. “As our first solar-plus-storage facility in Western Canada, EVLO is proud to work alongside Wildstone to provide our leading energy storage solutions and industry expertise for this first-of-its-kind project for the Summerland region.”

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