March 9, 2018
In January 2018, Elemental Energy finished construction of its solar facility near Brooks, Alberta. ERA invested $15 million to accelerate the development of this project. The site spans 68 acres and includes 48,000 solar panels. Brooks is the first utility scale solar project in Western Canada; at 17 megawatts it can produce enough power for 3,000 homes and at peak, 15,000 homes.
In March 2018, approximately 200 people joined us for ERA’s first Lessons Learned event, a showcase of Brooks Solar. Elemental Energy, National Bank of Canada (project financer), the County of Newell, and representatives from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) and Fortis spoke at the event. Our post-event survey proved the event provided valuable insight for the audience—many of whom were there to learn how they can accelerate their own solar projects in Alberta.
This innovative project demonstrates advantages and performance of large-scale solar power in the province. In addition to reducing GHG emissions, Brooks Solar delivered direct benefits to the community. Local labour and subtrades were engaged in a variety of roles, supporting economic development and long-term capacity building in the rapidly growing renewable energy sector.
Here is a short summary of learnings that were shared:
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