Brazeau County unveils a brighter energy future
Brazeau, Alta. – ENMAX and Brazeau County today announced the completion of three significant solar electricity projects. Over 900 solar modules are now generating power atop the Lodgepole Fire Hall, the Rocky Rapids Water Treatment Plant and the County Administration building.
“Brazeau County is taking an important step to stabilize our energy costs now and for decades to come,” said Reeve Bart Guyon. “These projects will offset almost 200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions or the equivalent of almost 400 vehicles off the road annually, and are an important first step that positions us well in relation to Alberta’s new carbon levy, which is set to increase.”
The three installations together will generate almost 300,000 kilowatt hours each year – offsetting about 30 per cent of the combined electricity needs.
Through ENMAX, Reeve Guyon’s own home was also retrofitted with a solar array that generates enough electricity to completely offset its usage.
“We work very closely with communities and businesses to help make their renewable electricity plans a reality,” said Jason Atkinson, Director, Photovoltaic Operations at ENMAX. “ENMAX Energy projects account for 50 per cent of Alberta’s installed solar capacity and we’re proud to work with forward-thinking municipalities like Brazeau County.”
Funding for the project came in part through the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation’s (CCEMC) support of ENMAX Energy’s solar leasing project. From 2010 to 2016, the CCEMC provided funding alongside ENMAX’s commitment to advance solar adoption in Alberta.
- The entire solar array consists of 902 solar PV modules covering about 19,000 sq. ft. and has a maximum capacity of 280 kW DC.
- Based on current electricity consumption, this will meet about 30 per cent of the combined annual electricity needs.
- The system will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 41 average Alberta homes, offsetting about 200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually.
- Based on current demands, the installation is expected to reduce electricity costs by up to $16,200 annually*.
*Note: figure does not include costs that would otherwise have been incurred through the provincial carbon levy.