Another day, another massive project announcement for the city of Calgary! This week, in a press release, Canadian power company The ATCO Group, unveiled plans to build two giant urban solar farms, one on the corner of Barlow Trail and the other along Deerfoot – which together will be the biggest of its kind in Western Canada.
Through its investment in Canadian Utilities Limited, ATCO will be able to build two massive projects that will take up a total of 56,100 feet (the equivalent of 170 Canadian football fields) and be able to create enough clean renewable energy for 18,000 homes per year.
Now, you think that this would be enough but nay, nay. They’re doing it even bigger! In addition to this, the company also announced that they’ve acquired a third Alberta project in the village of Empress – which is about 3 hours east of YYC.
“The acquisition of three major solar projects shows how important we believe it is to provide customers with the opportunity to decarbonize their energy consumption,” said Bob Myles Executive Vice President of ATCO in a statement.
“ATCO is delivering on our strategy to help communities accelerate their transition to clean energy in a safe, affordable and reliable manner. These solar projects are also prime examples of the kinds of opportunities we’ll continue to pursue as we grow our renewables portfolio moving forward.”
Of course, because the installation of 175,000 bifacial solar panels will take some time, Canadians shouldn’t expect any movement on this until late 2022 when they start construction – but we’ll be waiting!
For more information about these projects, you can visit ATCO’s official website here.