Trigger warning: Calgary to get a gigantic solar facility
Ahh, Cowtown. We love our oil and gas in these parts, and we’re not afraid to show it. Mention anything about the carbon tax, Trans Mountain Pipeline, or simply utter the words “renewable energy” and you’re bound to trigger someone in your 200m radius.
So we’re definitely gonna grind some gears with this next sentence: DP Energy is proposing a 156-acre solar energy production facility, the largest in Western Canada, within Calgary city limits. …Are you okay, Calgary? Maybe you should sit down.
The idea is to build something in the heart of Calgary that eventually could be running one of our CTrains. It’s being labelled a win-win for the city, but we have a feeling that not everyone’s gonna be sunshine and rainbows about the project.
So far, people are pretty concerned about the glare from the panels at multiple locations along three airport flight pathways: Deerfoot Trail SE, Barlow Trail SE, and 114 Ave SE. However, the angle of the panels and the fact that they’re moveable should help with that concern. (And so should Aviators, right?)
As of now, it’s unclear if any provincial $$ is going toward construction of the project, but the solar farm is supposed to be 100% privately funded by DP Energy. It’s all being proposed to the city planning commission in the next while, so we’ll have to wait and see if this thing goes down later this year.
We’ll keep you in the loop, Calgary. Till then, try not to burst any blood vessels.