The City of Edmonton announced it is harnessing the power of the sun with a growing number of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations on existing City-owned buildings. With 11 projects completed, eight in progress and six in planning and design, the City continues to grow its capacity to offset energy costs of facilities.

“The City of Edmonton is transitioning to a low-carbon future and is committed to becoming a climate resilient city,” said Mayor Amarjeet Sohi. “By accelerating the installation of solar photovoltaics, we are reducing GHG emissions. Each solar PV installation acts as a reminder, to Edmontonians and visitors to our city, that Edmonton is a leader for innovative energy technologies in our country and that we are working hard to support a transition to a lower-carbon economy.”

As of June 2023, the solar PV installations on 11 City-owned buildings have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 617 tonnes of CO2e.

“Each new rooftop solar installation means we are producing our own renewable, clean energy on top of existing infrastructure,” said Pascale Ladouceur, branch manager, Infrastructure Planning and Design. “The rooftop solar photovoltaic installation at the North East Traffic Operations Building shows how we can incorporate these rooftop systems to fit existing buildings in a way that is unobtrusive and economical.”

The three largest solar PV projects nearing completion this summer include:

  • Centennial Transit Vehicle Garage which will supply about 11 per cent of the facility’s electricity needs (as much as 60 houses),
  • Commonwealth Recreation Centre which will supply about 12 per cent of the facility’s electricity needs (as much as 90 houses), and
  • North East Traffic Operations Facility which will supply about 42 per cent of the facility’s electricity needs (as much as 50 houses).
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Edmonton has more than 2,300 hours of bright sunshine in an average year, allowing solar to play a major role in the City’s quest for sustainability. The City also looks at any new build as an opportunity to incorporate solar panels.

The City intends on purchasing renewable electricity for its operations. Additional solar installations therefore may not lower corporate GHG emissions but contribute to provincial GHG reductions by lowering the carbon intensity of the electricity grid.

This project is one of eight solar projects currently underway in Edmonton, helping the City achieve its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. There are currently 11 solar PV installations in operation, including the Edmonton EXPO Centre which is Canada’s largest rooftop solar PV installation.

Solar PV installations in operation:

  • Queen Elizabeth Pool
  • Fire Station No. 26 Meadows
  • Fire Station No. 4 Jasper Place
  • Blatchford District Energy Sharing System
  • Davies Garage
  • Edmonton Convention Centre
  • Edmonton EXPO Centre
  • Fire Station No. 27 Ellerslie
  • Engineering Services Building
  • Fire Station No. 29 Lewis Farms
  • Fire Station No. 30 Pilot Sound

Solar PV currently being installed:

  • Centennial Transit Vehicle Repair/Storage Garage
  • Clareview Community Recreation Centre
  • Fire Station No. 28 Heritage Valley
  • Kennedale Eco Station
  • North East Traffic Operations Facility
  • Commonwealth Recreation Centre
  • Fire Station No. 31 Windermere
  • Blatchford LRT Station

Future City sites in planning and design: 

  • The Meadows Community Recreation Centre
  • Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre
  • DL MacDonald Right of Way Building
  • Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage
  • Ellerslie Fleet Services Building
  • Coronation Park Sports and Recreation Centre

Featured image: (City of Edmonton)

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