Proposed Weir Hydropower Project Could Deliver Many Benefits
The City is preparing to enter a formal agreement with the Saskatoon Tribal Council for a new hydropower generation project at the weir.
"The Saskatoon Weir is an ideal location for expanding the City's clean-power generation program to hydropower," says Kevin Hudson, Manager of Sustainable Energy for the City-owned Saskatoon Light & Power. "The benefits of this initiative will be felt across the Saskatoon Region and we are delighted to have the Saskatoon Tribal Council as a partner to make it a reality."
The total estimated cost of the project is $61.5 - 65.2 million, which is expected to be funded by the Saskatoon Tribal Council and private-sector partners, off-set by revenue generated by the power station and funding from other green-energy funding sources.
"First Nations can benefit from employment, training and education opportunities that extend beyond the construction phase of this project," says Darrell Balkwill, Chair of STC Investments Inc. "We are confident that the investment returns from this project will allow us to continue to support community infrastructure and social programs in our member communities."
Earlier pre-feasibility and environmental baseline studies concluded the project was technically feasible and could be economically viable over the long-term without any significant disruption to the ecology of the area or negative downstream effects to the river valley. The project has been on hold since last presented to City Council in 2015 until funding could be identified.
The project will involve restoring the weir's current infrastructure, and the construction of a river crossing for pedestrians and cyclists that will be wider, safer and more accessible than the current one on the CP Rail Bridge.
For more details and preliminary renderings of the hydropower station and site, visit saskatoon.ca/hydropower.
For more information:
City of Saskatoon
222-3rd Avenue N
Canada, S7K 0J5
Tel: (306) 975-3200