​Six Calgary public buildings get solar power through provincial program

Alberta environment minister Shannon Phillips and MLA Anam Kazim with representatives from the City of Calgary, the Town of Banff, and ENMAX at the Glenmore Water Treatment Plant. Image: Government of Alberta

The Government of Alberta says that the emissions equivalent of 10,000 passenger vehicles is being taken off the road with installation of solar panels at six public buildings in Calgary.

It’s part of the province’s Alberta Municipal Solar Program, which has partnered with 11 other communities in Southern Alberta to the tune of adding 700 kilowatts of renewable energy capacity to the grid.

The Calgary panels, on buildings that include the Glenmore and Bearspaw water treatment plants, the Mount Pleasant Fire Station and an organic composting facility, together have capacity of 2.3 megawatts. Their installation is expected to save $300,000 in annual utility costs.

“This is another great example of how the electricity industry is evolving, with renewables and distributed sources of electricity becoming an increasingly important part of Alberta’s energy mix,” ENMAX director of enhanced energy services and renewables John Rilett said in a statement.