Lethbridge County Solar Panel Project
LETHBRIDGE– The Lethbridge County administration office building will look a little different over the next few weeks. The County is in the process of having solar panels installed on the roof of the building (located on 4th Ave South) in an effort to be more environmentally conscious.
The project will see 220 solar panels installed on the east, west, and south-facing slopes of the roof. ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc (EGPI) was selected as the successful proponent for the project, and have subcontracted a local company, SolarWind Renewable Energy Inc to install the panels.
“The solar panels will ensure that the County’s administration office will operate in a more energy-efficient manner,” says Reeve Lorne Hickey. “This project demonstrates Lethbridge County’s commitment to long-term sustainability and climate change awareness. It is important to Council and staff that we take steps to reduce our carbon footprint when possible, and this project will play a role in that.”
Once the project is complete, the solar panels will produce 99,717kWh of energy annually and will allow the County to offset as much as 22% of the administration building’s current energy consumption resulting in an estimated 14-year payback. The total cost of the project is $156,403 and is partially funded through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) covering 25% of the project cost ($39,100). The County also received a grant of $2,263 from Energy Efficiency Alberta under the Community Energy Capacity Building Program to offset design costs of the project.
“Lethbridge County is committed to finding environmentally-friendly solutions where possible and this project is an important step in achieving that goal,” says Chief Administrative Officer Ann Mitchell. “The County was able to utilize the available grant funding from the province, which makes projects like our solar panel initiative more feasible and accessible to smaller municipalities.”
The project is scheduled for completion in the first week of August.