Friday, March 27, 2015


Canada's First Geothermal Plant Is Being Built in the Oil Industry's Backyard (Motherboard)

At the end of last year, on a leased property two hours southeast of Regina, Saskatchewan, Deep Earth En​ergy Corp. began preparations for Canada’s first geothermal power plant.

Unlike other renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, geothermal energy runs 24/7, and isn’t subject to seasonal variations as with hydroelectric. And according to CanGEA, the Canadian Geothermal Energy Association, Canada has enough geothermal potential to supply at least 5% of its electricity via geothermal. So why is this only Canada’s first plant?

Deep Earth Energy thinks it has found a winning combination of relatively low cost, location and, most importantly, a proven power resource. The company is taking advantage of existing oil industry data to skip the high cost of exploration, and is using new drilling technology that the company claims is earthquake-safe. It also helps that the Saskatchewan site is in a populated area where the locals are no strangers to energy development, and access roads already exist.

If successful, the company’s planned 5 MW pilot plant will produce enough energy to serve around 5,000 homes.

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