For Immediate Release / February 10, 2021

Public Works Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Project Complete

The City of St. Albert’s newest solar photovoltaics (PV) array atop Jack Kraft Public Works Facility sand storage shed is complete. The 287-kilowatt system recently became fully operational – helping to offset the City’s grid-sourced electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Partially funded by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Alberta Municipal 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.

“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.”

“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 Dez 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.

The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre is a partnership of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Rural Municipalities of Alberta and the Government of Alberta; providing funding, technical assistance, and education to municipalities, schools, and community organizations, helping them lower energy costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve climate resilience.

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