Energy Prediction and Construction Cost Estimate Report of the SunMine Project

EcoSmart tasked DNV KEMA to estimate capital costs and perform an energy estimate for the SunMine project, based on a a 2MW DC ground mount vertical axis tracker system.
Based on costs as of August 2013, DNV KEMA estimated capital costs for construction of the site, and expects these to be approximately $1.83 per Wp (based on August 2013 costs)
DNV KEMA developed an energy forecast for this site using the commercially available modelling software PVsyst. DNV KEMA expects the first-year energy delivery to be 3,891 megawatt-hours. (about 3.9 kWh/a).   Continue reading Energy Prediction and Construction Cost Estimate Report of the SunMine Project


SunMine Site

EcoSmart’s SunMine short-term objective is to help develop a two MWp pilot photovoltaic (PV) plant on the brownfield site of a former industrial compound in Kimberley, BC.

For a century, the Sullivan mine was the largest lead mine in Canada and the main economic engine for Kimberley, BC. It ceased operation in 2001, leaving behind a huge industrial brownfield site and an industrial town with a need to reinvent itself.

Fortunately, the region has another underdeveloped resource: one of the highest solar energy intensities in Canada with cold, clear, sunny winter conditions propitious to high efficiency of photovoltaic systems. The “SunMine ™” – or “Mining the Sun ™” project was born out of the realization that the Sullivan brownfield with its heritage infrastructure, including roads, high-voltage transmission lines and sub-stations, could be used to take advantage of Kimberley’s solar energy potential. The sheer size of the land available (3,000 Ha) coupled with exceptional solar conditions (2,200 hrs per year)  could make “SunMine” the largest solar farm in Canada.


Energy Production Simulation for SunMine

In November 2012, EcoSmart asked BEW Engineering of San Ramon, California to conduct an independent energy forecast of the SunMine. BEW is part of DNV KEMA, headquartered in Arnhem, Netherlands with operations in 30 countries; its core business is risk and performance evaluation of clean energy projects worldwide ($258 million net sales in 2011).  BEW San Ramon is DNV KEMA’s global Centre of Excellence in solar energy, power transmission and grid integration for renewable energy.
Using PVsyst software, BEW simulated the energy production of SunMine with a Vertical Axis System. The projected first year energy delivery to the grid (conservatively accounting for additional losses of 2.7% beyond those modeled in PVsyst) is 3,891 MWh for a 2 MWp DC system or 1945 hr/a

Energy production Model

SunMine Feasibility Study Completed

EcoSmart has now completed the feasibility study of the SunMine project, including:

  • preliminary solar resources evaluation,
  • design, monitoring and analysis of on-site testing,
  • final solar energy determination with P99 certainty,
  • cost and revenue estimates,
  • technology evaluation and discussions with technology suppliers,
  • preliminary engineering design,
  • initial consultation with BC Hydro on interconnection and tariff,
  • site environmental assessment.

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SunMine Environmental Assessment completed

The SunMine Environmental Assessment screening study prepared by EcoSmart has been approved by the government of Canada.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD), in collaboration with Public Works and Government Services, has completed the review of the SunMine Solar Farm Project under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA).

The review concludes that the proposed Project is ” not likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.”

This step represents a major milestone in the SunMine project implementation.