The Globe and Mail: “Massive new solar farm to power Edmonton Shell refinery in effort to decarbonize operations”

November 10, 2021

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Canada’s The Globe and Mail reported on Silicon Ranch’s Scotford Solar Project in November 2021,

The new Scotford project will be the first large-scale solar installation in the heartland, with construction due to begin next year. It’s expected to begin providing electricity to the refinery by late 2023.


Shell’s Scotford facility consists of a bitumen upgrader, oil refinery, chemicals plant and the Quest CCS facility, which has captured and stored more than five million tonnes of carbon dioxide. Electricity from the new solar farm will be used in the refinery portion of the facility.




The solar farm will be built, owned and operated by Nashville-based Silicon Ranch, one of the largest independent power producers in the United States. The company has more than 140 solar facilities in 15 states across the country, from California to Colorado, Georgia and New York.


All of the power generation capacity from its first Canadian project will be dedicated to the Scotford refinery for the next 25 years.


Reagan Farr, the chief executive and co-founder of Silicon Ranch, said in a statement that the Alberta project is a “meaningful milestone” as the company expands its operations into Canada.

Read the full article from The Globe and Mail here.