In October 1988, the provincial government introduced the Small Power Research and Development Program. The program assured a guaranteed price and market for power thus making small power projects in Alberta viable.

In order to benefit from this program, IRRICAN Power Ltd. was formed to develop hydro power projects on the existing water conveyance infrastructure in Southern Alberta.

The hydro power projects are located at several sites along the St. Mary Main Canal and benefit the St. Mary River Irrigation District and the Raymond Irrigation District who own IRRICAN Power.

Irrican Power also operates 4 Solar sites. The first two solar sites are located at Bow Island Lateral 12 and 40 Mile reservoir Pump station. These arrays were built to offset our energy use costs. Irrican’s two latest solar sites, are located near Barnwell and Fincastle on orphaned well sites.

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Irrican Hydro Power Plants

Drops 4, 5, 6

The Drops 4, 5, & 6 power plant is located on the SMRID Main Canal west of the town of Raymond on the North boundary of the Milk River Ridge. There are a total of twelve drop structures located on this reach of the canal. The drop structures can be developed individually or in combinations of two or three in order to make the best use of the available resource.

Power can normally be produced during the irrigation season, between April and October of each year, with peak energy production occurring between June 15 and August 15.


The Raymond Reservoir Hydro Plant is located on the south shore of Raymond Reservoir, approximately 6 km south of the town of Raymond. It is supplied by a diversion canal constructed upstream of Milk River Ridge Reservoir.

Water optimization is a paramount consideration In the operation of this facility. Providing all the water required by the agriculture users and maximizing the energy output has been achieved through the use of a total system management philosophy incorporated Into the control system utilized by Irrican.


The Chin Chute Hydroelectric project is an 11-MW facility that is being developed under the Small Power Research and Development Program by Irrigation Canal Power Cooperative Ltd. (IRRICAN Power).

Water, which is currently conveyed in the SMRID Main Canal down Chin Chute and into the Chin Reservoir, is diverted through a penstock and powerhouse and then out to Chin Reservoir.

Irrican Solar Plants

Bow Island Lateral 12 and 40 Mile

These arrays were built to offset Irrican’s energy use costs. Bow Island Lateral 12 came online in 2020, and the solar site at 40 Mile was brought online in 2021.


Our two latest solar sites, located near Fincastle and Barnwell, were facilitated through a partnership with the MD of Taber and Iron and Earth, Medicine Hat College, Sky Fire and Consultco, and the Orphan Well Association. The sites are part of an ongoing effort to repurpose orphaned oil well sites and convert them into micro generation Solar sites which produce just over 1 mega watt each.