Energy Outlook Bright for Sturgeon County
Sturgeon County celebrates new solar project installation
Sturgeon County, Alberta – A timely environmental milestone can now be seen on the rooftop and walls of one of Sturgeon County’s largest buildings thanks to forward thinking and a grant for municipalities aimed at addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“We are proud to announce that Sturgeon County has installed its first solar array at its Protective Services Headquarters building with the help of $86,649 in grant funding from the Municipal Climate Change Action Center (MCCAC),” said Sturgeon County Mayor Alanna Hnatiw.
The impressive local solar project includes 312 panels that will harness the sun’s energy and help to reduce the County’s environmental footprint. The MCCAC was integral in providing funds to support the project’s engineering and construction of the 255 x 385W modules on the roof and the 57 x 210W modules on the building exterior.
“This project is the first of its kind in the area,” explains Hnatiw. “We anticipate that the new infrastructure will produce 113,300 kWh per year and significantly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.”
To put things in perspective, the energy production gain associated with the building’s solar panels is equivalent to supplying electricity to 14.5 average Alberta households for a year or to powering an average electric vehicle that could drive across Canada 10 times (566,500km). “We anticipate that as a result of this investment, GHG emissions will be reduced by 64.5 tonnes per year,” states Scott MacDougall, Chief Operating Officer of Sturgeon County. “Over the next 25 years that adds up to 1,612.5 tonnes of savings.”
Established in 2009, the MCCAC is an organization that empowers Alberta’s municipalities to be leaders in climate change action through energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. Since its inception, MCCAC has worked with 101 municipalities across the province.
Number crunching residents can look forward to watching the solar savings add up online. Sturgeon County has made real-time data available to showcase various data points including CO2 emissions reductions.
“With our first solar array installation, thanks to grant funding by the Municipal Climate Change Action Center, we are demonstrating responsible environmental stewardship practices right here in Sturgeon County.”