Estevan’s unique location and geology open up a wide variety of potentially lucrative alternative energy possibilities.
Estevan is the sunshine capital of Canada with the greatest number of hours of sunshine per year: 2500 hours. It also has the highest annual number of hours per year with clear skies (between 0 & 2/10 sky cover): 2979 hours. Combined with Estevan’s existing electricity distribution infrastructure, the amply sunshine bodes well for potential solar energy projects in the city.
Beneath Estevan lies the Deadwood Formation which contains significant amounts of water and with it the potential for a new energy source. For the purposes of geothermal energy production, the Deadwood formation is most ideal in Estevan where it is about 3300m deep and the water within has a temperature near 105° C.
A company named Deep Corp is currently developing what it calls The Rafferty Geothermal Power Project, located northwest of Estevan Saskatchewan. Deep aims to be the first geothermal power producer in the province and was recently selected in SaskPower’s 2011 Green Options Partners Program Lottery, securing an initial 5 MW power purchase agreement.
DEEP Corp -Geothermal Presentation