One of the best parts of Solar West is the programming and the speakers who deliver an insightful look at the industry — both the current landscape and what’s coming up for solar in the West and across the country.

At Solar West 2016, the Honourable Shannon Phillips, Minister of Environment & Parks, announced that a Request for Information (RFI) would be put out to provide advice on the potential cost and best approach for procuring solar power for half of government operations.

As the industry waits for updates on that request, we have three sessions that will help those who may be exploring the participation in this procurement.

Navigating the Permitting Process for Solar Facilities in Alberta

The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is, for the first time in its history, experiencing a wave of applications for solar electricity generation facilities. The regulatory framework, and the approaches of developers, are being tested and lessons are being learned. This session will help participants gain an understanding of the permitting process for various scales of solar facilities.

Learn more about this session, and read more about our speaker, here.

Best Practices for Constructing & De-Commissioning Large, Ground-Mount Facilities

Alberta Infrastructure’s RFP for 135,000 MWh of solar electricity is expected to give rise to Alberta’s first large ground mount facility. Designing these facilities optimally for construction and operation in the specific climatic and sub-soil conditions of the prairies requires local knowledge and experience. This session will explore lessons learned and best practices.

Learn more about this session, and read more about our speakers, here.

Minimizing Downtime and Managing Risk: Lessons Learned from Insurance Claims & Losses in Canada

With almost 3,000 MW of operating residential, commercial and utility-scale solar electricity generation in Canada, there is now an operating track record to be learned from. In this session, we’ll explore previous insurance claim activities and provide information to attendees that will help them to avoid or mitigate losses.

Learn more about this session, and read more about our speakers, here.