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The Abbey Centre is Going Solar

posted on May 11 2017
Initial Concept Rendering

Initial Concept Rendering

The Abbey Centre will soon be getting part of its power from the largest star in the sky, following Council’s approval at the May 9th Regular Council Committee meeting.

The $396,000 solar project was initiated following a Solar Power Feasibility Study completed by SkyFire Energy, which identified the Abbey Centre as the best candidate in the Town for a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation. Following a competitive RFP process, NuEnergy Systems was awarded the project, which was approved by the Recreation, Culture and Parks Board at the board’s May 3rd meeting; along with approving SkyFire Energy to provide consulting services throughout the project. The Town received grant funding from the Alberta Municipal Solar Plan, which will cover $99,000 of the project.

The solar PV system, which is expected to be operational in August, will produce around 220,000 kilowatt-hours per year of electricity - enough to operate 30 average homes for a year - while reducing the centre’s greenhouse gas emissions.

“We look forward to working with NuEnergy Systems and Skyfire Energy to help make the Abbey Centre an even more attractive facility to residents and visitors by going green,” says Rick Kreklewich, General Manager of the Abbey Centre. “Once everything is operational, we’ll start seeing immediate benefits in our power consumption along with reducing our carbon footprint.”