SLEMON PARK, P.E.I. — The federal and provincial governments are providing funding to build a new solar energy array and storage facility for Prince Edward Island.
The Slemon Park Microgrid Project, a 100-acre, 10-megawatt solar array, is expected to increase renewable energy utilized on Prince Edward Island by 3.5 per cent, making it an important step towards the island becoming energy self-sufficient, states a release.
The Government of Canada is investing a total of $12.3 million in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream and the Smart Grid Program. Both programs are part of the Government of Canada’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan and the Government of Prince Edward Island is also providing $12.7 million towards the project.
“The people of Prince Edward Island are blazing a trail to energy self-sufficiency, and the Slemon Park Microgrid Project is another big step in building strong, sustainable communities,” said Catherine McKenna, minister of infrastructure and communities, in a statement. “This partnership will provide a clean, continuous source of electricity for residents, businesses and industry in Slemon Park.”