CALGARY, ALTA. — Canadian Pacific (CP) has started work on the installation of a solar energy farm at its corporate headquarters in Calgary, Alta.
The project will be built over five hectares and will cover a 500-car parking lot, create a solar garden and will generate up to five megawatts of electricity while avoiding an estimated 2,600 tonnes of carbon emissions a year, a CP release stated.
“At CP, we are sustainably driven, and today’s announcement further exemplifies that. We are taking advantage of our unique headquarters footprint in Calgary, just outside of the downtown core, to develop one of the largest private solar operations in the province. We look forward to seeing the project come on line in early 2021, and to having it featured as part of our beautiful, historic and expansive Calgary campus,” CP president and CEO Keith Creel said in a statement.
“We recognize the importance of sustainability and are excited about the future in this space. This innovative project will see us run our headquarters building on 100 per cent locally produced renewable electricity, something not many companies can say.”
CP moved its headquarters from leased downtown Calgary office space to the company-owned 101 hectare campus in Ogden in 2013. On July 30, CP released its first public statement on climate change which acknowledged the effects of rising global temperatures along with the company’s efforts to mitigate the impacts.