Conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are environmental priorities for the City. In addtion to contributing to St. Albert's reputation as responsible environmental stewards, renewable energy opportunities also limit the vulnerability of City facilities to unexpected energy price increases.
To date, the City has completed many initiatives that will help reduce energy use and contributions to climate change including solar photovoltaics (PV) projects at the Jack Kraft Facility and Liggett Place.
Jack Kraft Facility
The City of St. Albert's newest PV array atop the Jack Kraft Facility sand storage shed, located at 7 Chevigny Street, is complete. In December 2020, the 287-kilowatt system became fully operational - helping offset the City's grid-sourced electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Partially funded by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre's (MCCAC) Alberta Municpal Solar Program , work on the rooftop array began in the summer of 2020. The system is expected to produce roughly 300,000 kilowatt hours annually, or approximately 38 per cent of the Public Works Facility's annual electricity consumption. However, some of this energy will be exported to the grid, as the array generates more energy than the site needs at certain times of the year.
The Jack Kraft Facility sand storage solar array is the second mid-sized rooftop system in the City's solar PV portfolio.
In 2017, the City of St. Albert moved forward with renewable energy initiatives, installing it's first high-efficiency solar panel system at Liggett Place, located at 235 Carnegie Drive. The 301-kilowatt module supplies approximately one-third of the building’s electricity.
The chosen layout of this high-efficiency system maximizes production and allows St. Albert Transit to use renewable energy to offset electricity used for not only its electric buses but also the facility itself. In fact, the system has the potential to generate electricity for 44 homes and reduce annual GHG emissions by 189 tonnes. The City received a $125,000 rebate from MCCAC for the purchase and installation of the solar panels.
Last edited: February 11, 2021