Utility Leader, Valard, Partners with SENS Renewable Energy Flagship Program

The Valard Group of Companies has more than 35 electric power infrastructure services, provided by 11 companies across Canada. The group provides full-service capabilities for transmission, distribution, substations, foundations, telecommunications and renewable energy to utilities, independent power producers, mining, oil and gas industries, and rural electric associations.

By Bobbie Balicki

The Valard Group of Companies is a leader in renewable energy construction, technology deployment, and utility maintenance across Canada. Their recent commitment as a partner of the Renewable Energy in Northern, Remote and Indigenous Communities Flagship Program will facilitate relationship building with the Indigenous communities that they work with and for, and enhance learning about innovations in renewables deployment from international partners, participating in energy resource planning and toolkit development, and student training.

Valard-Graphic.jpgIndustry and utility partners are instrumental to the planning and deployment of viable renewable energy technologies and systems in the North. SaskPower, for example, a provincial Crown energy utility, has committed to increase renewables from 25% of its energy mix to 50% by 2030; a target that will undoubtedly require significant resources and expertise.

The University of Saskatchewan’s Renewable Energy in Northern, Remote and Indigenous Communities Flagship Program brings together Indigenous organizations, industry/utilities, non-profit organizations, academic partners, and 15 Indigenous and northern communities across four countries. Our overarching goal is to co-create and broker the knowledge, understanding, and capacity to design, implement and manage renewable energy systems that support and enhance social and economic values in northern and Indigenous communities. The importance and value of a partnership approach in achieving this goal cannot be overstated.

Visit the USask Campus News site to read the full story released Nov. 8th.