Airdrie’s Genesis Place Recreation Centre is celebrating the completion of its new rooftop solar array.
The $2.8 million, 1.55 megawatt system is now providing renewable energy to the fitness facility just north of Calgary.
The mayor of Airdrie said this project sets an example for municipalities across the country.
“Airdrie is proud to be leading the way in Canada with respect to the generation of solar energy through municipal infrastructure. This project is good for Airdrie residents and the environment and is an incredible example of what we can accomplish when different levels of government work together”, said Mayor Peter Brown in a release.
Power is generated by the sun's energy through 3880 solar panels on the roof.
By comparison an average Calgary home would use about 16 panels for all of its power needs.
Solar power will make up 30 per cent of Genesis Place’s yearly electrical needs and will save the facility upwards of $80,000 annually.
A number of representatives from other Alberta municipalities were on hand for Wednesday’s ceremonial opening.
75 per cent of the funds for the project came through government grants.
In September the second phase of the project will be complete when 240 more modules will be placed on a carport in the facility’s parking lot.
For more information on the project visit www.airdrie.ca/solar.