Engineers Canada recently presented their annual awards, recognizing exceptional Canadian engineers and engineering teams for their achievements. The 2016 National Award for an Engineering Project or Achievement was awarded to Kimberley’s SunMine project – and Ready is proud to say that the outstanding engineers from our Electrical Engineering team contributed to making this project a success!
“[SunMine] is the first large-scale solar plant outside Ontario. It’s also the first time that a mining company in Canada is doing that on their land.”
Michel de Spot, P.Eng. of EcoSmart Foundations initiated the project due to its ideal location in the sunny city of Kimberley, British Columbia. The level of solar radiation combined with the former mine’s brownfield land makes capturing solar energy to generate electricity one of the best uses for this site.
Ready was engaged by Martech Electrical Systems to provide electrical engineering services for interconnect of the SunMine solar facility to the BC Hydro power grid, in compliance with BC Hydro interconnection standards. Ready’s engineering consultants performed a coordination study between BC Hydro’s Stile substation and the SunMine site to determine the protective relay settings necessary to ensure appropriate protection at the facility. The engineering support services included overhead cable sizing, review of protective relay trip logic, protective relay wiring, and preparation of other electrical drawings. Additionally, Ready consultants were onsite to provide assistance to the relay testing company, monitor the installation of 69kV voltage transformers (VT), and ensure the installation was consistent with authenticated electrical drawings.
Watch Engineers Canada’s full presentation of the SunMine project.