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Upper Nicola Band extending timeline for massive solar farm proposed on the Quilchena reserve.
 
A final decision on the $30-million, 56,000 panel, 15-megawatt (MW) solar farm is not expected until November, but Senior Executive Peter Hilton says even if it is approved by the Upper Nicola Development Corporation construction will not start next spring as originally hoped.
 
"We were a little overly ambitious to think we could have shovels in the ground by March or April of 2018. Because the permitting process will take longer than expected we are now looking at starting March or April 2020, with completion expected in October 2020."
 
Despite the delay, Hilton says testing at the site has shown positive results.
 
"We have installed the pyranometer at the site. It measures the energy generated. It has to be in place for a year, and eight months in the results are bang on what we hoped for."
 
The solar farm would be built in cooperation with Fortis BC and become the largest operating in BC.
 
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