10Simple Payback Period
1,016,887kWh/yearElectrical Energy Generation
579.63tonnes CO2e/yearGHG Reductions
During the summer of 2021, the City of St. Albert completed the installation of a new solar PV system at Servus Credit Union Place. The system is the largest solar array in the city and came online in November with a generating capacity of about 1.1 MW DC, edging out the roughly 812 kW DC system at Orion Plastics and dwarfing the ones at the city’s bus depot and public works yard combined.
The project was completed in 6 months after initiation in the summer of 2021.
The 2,582 solar panels cover the roof of the field house and half of the Go Auto Arena. It is projected to generate enough electricity to power about 148 homes for a year or meet 16 per cent of the rec-centre’s annual electricity needs, which would prevent about 580 tonnes of greenhouse-gas emissions a year. This system and other upgrades at Servus Place are meant to produce renewable energy, lower their carbon footprint, and lead by example in the community. The system received a rebate through the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Alberta Municipal Solar Program for $449,680.20.
Servus Credit Union Place is also undergoing a variety of energy efficiency retrofits including LED lighting, variable frequency drives, and REALice systems through the Recreation Energy Conservation Program.
“It’s a pretty exciting system.”– Project Manager Karsen Zwiers
This is the largest solar PV system in the City of St. Albert at time of energization.
Read more about the Alberta Municipal Solar Program