Published on March 1, 2021
Jack Kraft Solar Array in Place and Catching Rays
The Jack Kraft Public Works Facility sand storage shed is now the home of the City of St. Albert’s newest solar photovoltaics (PV) array. The 287-kilowatt system recently became fully operational. The array is part of the City’s effort to offset grid-sourced electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Environmental stewardship is a priority for our City and the development of renewable energy opportunities is one of the actions we are taking to not only meet our greenhouse gas reduction goals, but also reduce our contributions to climate change,” says City of St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron. “This project is a big step forward.”
Funding from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Alberta Municipal Solar Program helps offset the cost of this installation. 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 Action Centre is proud to see the City utilize the Alberta Municipal Solar Program for a second time,” says Trina Innes, Executive Director, Municipal Climate Change Action Centre. “Communities like the City of St. Albert are leading the way in energy and emission reductions, demonstrating to Albertans that solar plays a key part in climate and economic resiliency.”
The Jack Kraft Facility sand storage solar array is the second mid-sized rooftop system in the City’s solar PV portfolio. In 2017, a 301-kilowatt solar PV system was installed at the Liggett Transit Facility. The array supplies approximately one-third of the Transit building’s electricity.
For more information on this initiative and others, please visit the Energy Conservation page.
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Last edited: March 2, 2021