When U.K.-based Temporis decided it was time to enter the Canadian market, Alberta was a natural location to set up shop for the renewable energy developer.
The first stop on the journey was to the High Commission of the Government of Canada in London.
“When we looked at Alberta as a new market, our first port of call was the Canadian embassy,” says Robbie Donaldson, managing director of Temporis Developments in Calgary. “They then put us in touch with Calgary Economic Development and we met on our first trip to Alberta in November 2015 . . . to try and understand the renewable energy industry here.
“We develop wind, solar, hydro and bio-energy projects.”
After several business trips and meetings between November 2015 and March 2017, Temporis set up an office in Calgary Economic Development’s downtown Global Business Centre. Soon, after only three months in the city, they moved into a permanent office in the downtown.
Donaldson says there is great potential in the Alberta market and it just made sense to set up its office in Calgary.
“Canada has set some very progressive targets to reduce greenhouse gases and to increase the amount of renewable generation in the country,” says Donaldson.
“In our minds, if Canada was going to hit national targets, then Alberta has the biggest part to play of all the provinces. That’s the first reason (for being here). The second reason is that it’s an energy province.”
He says the province is very well placed to see a significant increase in renewable generation without that much of a steep learning curve. And it has great resources. It’s very windy and it’s very sunny.
On its website, Temporis Developments says it is looking to work with landowners or developers on almost any type of sustainable energy project, but more specifically:
Development of small to medium scale projects including wind, solar PV, hydro, anaerobic digestion, biomass, and energy storage;
Development of ‘behind the meter’ renewable energy and/or hybrid gas and storage projects to directly supply high demand electricity users;
Development of Electric Vehicle networks;
Funding for development or infrastructure costs for renewable energy and storage projects.
Donaldson says Alberta was always going to be the first province to enter into the market. It was then a matter of deciding what location.
“From a business point of view, Calgary seems to be better set up than (other options). In addition, the majority of the renewable energy projects will be constructed in and around Calgary, southern Alberta and central Alberta. You’re not going to see much built north of Edmonton,” says Donaldson. “Calgary geographically is just better located where the bulk of the projects are going to be.”