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St. Albert builds new solar array on public works roof

DCN-JOC News Services
St. Albert builds new solar array on public works roof
CITY OF ST. ALBERT — Solar panels sit on the roof of a building in St. Albert, Alta. The city recently finished its second major solar power project in a shift to generate more of the city’s electricity via renewable sources.

ST. ALBERT, ALTA. — The City of St. Albert has wrapped up a solar power project after nearly a year of work.

The city installed solar a photovoltaics (PV) array on the roof of its Jack Kraft Public Works Facility sand storage shed. The 287-kilowatt system is now generating power to offset the city’s grid-sourced electricity consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The project received funding from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Alberta Municipal Solar Program. City officials anticipate the array will produce roughly 300,000 kilowatt hours annually, or approximately 38 per cent of the public works facility’s annual electricity consumption. But some of the power will be sent 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,” said Mayor Cathy Heron in a statement. “This project is a big step forward.”

The solar array is the second mid-sized rooftop system the city has built. The first came about in 2017. A 301-kilowatt solar PV system was installed at the Dez Liggett Transit Facility. The array supplies roughly one-third of the transit building’s power.

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