GOLDBECK SOLAR Fox Coulee Groundbreaking Ceremony
Michiel Vanhoutte, COO GOLDBECK SOLAR, Xavier Barbaro, CEO Neoen and David Pichard, CEO GOLDBECK SOLAR North America

GOLDBECK SOLAR celebrates Groundbreaking Ceremony for Neoen’s Fox Coulée Solar Farm in Alberta, Canada

TORONTO, CANADA – GOLDBECK SOLAR, an international company specializing in the turnkey construction of utility-scale photovoltaic power plants, is thrilled to join Neoen S.A., one of the world’s leading independent power producers of renewable energy, in celebrating the groundbreaking ceremony for the Fox Coulée solar farm in Starland County, Alberta. The turnkey design-build contract was awarded late December 2022 to GOLDBECK SOLAR and the solar farm will be 100% owned by Neoen. Fox Coulée is not only Neoen’s first solar farm in Canada but also represents GOLDBECK SOLAR’s largest solar project to date in North America.

The project boasts an impressive capacity of 93 megawatt peak and will contribute to the Province of Alberta and the Federal government’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 70,000 tons per year. The Fox Coulée solar farm will generate enough electricity to power over 20,000 homes, and will have a substantial impact on the local community’s energy needs..

“This collaboration highlights two companies’ shared commitment to a greener and more sustainable future. Neoen’s trust and confidence in our expertise have been instrumental in bringing this project to fruition. We are honored to have been selected as turnkey contractor for the construction of this strategic project for Neoen, and is also a testament to our expertise, innovation, and commitment to environmental stewardship,” said David Pichard, CEO of GOLDBECK SOLAR North America.

The Fox Coulée solar farm will not only deliver clean energy to the region but will also stimulate the local economy by creating hundreds of jobs during the construction and operation phases of the project. GOLDBECK SOLAR is proud to be a part of this venture that will drive sustainable development and prosperity in Starland County.

“We extend our sincere congratulations to Neoen on achieving this milestone,” said Michiel Vanhoutte, COO of GOLDBECK SOLAR. “This groundbreaking ceremony symbolizes a new chapter in our partnership, as well as a brighter future, powered by clean energy. Together with Neoen, we are making a positive difference in the world by facilitating the transition to renewable energy solutions. We are committed to delivering exceptional solar projects globally, and the Fox Coulée solar farm exemplifies our dedication to a sustainable future.”

The Fox Coulée solar farm is scheduled to start injecting power into the grid in late 2023 and to be fully operational in the late spring of 2024.


GOLDBECK SOLAR is an international company that specializes in the turnkey construction of commercial rooftop and ground-mounted photovoltaic systems, covering the entire value chain from project development to the direct sale of clean energy. With 22 years of experience in the optimization and construction of world-class solar power plants, the company is a driving force in various markets.


The North American subsidiary was founded in 2011 and has extensive expertise in engineering, constructing, and commissioning exceptional photovoltaic systems. One of their unique values is the integration of EPC services – often completed by their experienced construction team – with the supply of fixed or tracking substructures adapted to the technical and environmental requirements of the North American market. While optional, this vertical integration helps guarantee process reliability, execution quality, and increased efficiency resulting in high-performing solar assets.

GOLDBECK SOLAR has offices across the US and Canada and has over 200 MW of operational sites to date throughout Canada and the Northeast and Midwest United States. This positions them uniquely to serve clients throughout North America. In 2023, the company expects to double its installed capacity in the market to 400 MW.


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