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GP JOULE breaks ground on Concord Pacific’s 106-MW solar portfolio

Written by: Leonard Parker | Solar News | 04th May

GP JOULE North America, has broken ground on a 106-MW solar PV portfolio for Canada’s largest community builder, Concord Pacific. Experience building projects in challenging climates with durable technology that provides a lower cost of energy were key drivers in choosing GP JOULE for the three PV projects, each 35 MW in size.

“GP JOULE is proud to work with Concord Pacific to bring enduring reliability and strong returns to their projects,” said David Pichard, CEO of GP JOULE North America. “Our high-quality standards in design, system optimization, material selection and skillful installation coupled with our tough PHLEGON racking solution allows us to deliver great value to owners of merchant plants.”

The technology at all three project sites must sustain the province’s highest wind speeds at 140 kilometers per hour. GP JOULE’s PHLEGON Fixed racking system was determined best suited for the exceptional conditions in Alberta.

“GP Joule was the logical choice as they had recent experience in building merchant plants and furthering utility scale projects during Covid”, said Terry Hui, President and CEO of Concord Pacific.  “We are also pleased to be working with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation as we expand our portfolio in Alberta.”

It is estimated upwards of 150 skilled and professional trade workers will be hired with about 60% likely transitioning from the fossil fuel industry. GP JOULE is known for building local networks to assist in the transition to renewable energy work.

“Our track record across Canada and the US shows we’re committed to communities,” said Pichard. “Local hiring agencies and contractors help us boost job creation wherever we can. We always strive to secure all our partners and staff within a 90-kilometer radius of a project site.”