Solar Farm

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Illustration of a solar farm sitting on grass with the sun shining and a tree next to the panels.


What is the solar farm project and why is it being proposed?

The City of St. Albert has proposed building a solar farm to provide a sustainable source of power for our community, generate revenue, and undertake an environmentally friendly project on the City-owned Badger Lands which are less suitable for other purposes.

To minimize tax increases and maintain existing services, we need to identify new, non-taxation sources of revenue to generate approximately $6 million a year. If we don’t, we may need to consider significant annual increases in taxes (an estimated five per cent) in order to continue to provide the programs, services and amenities our residents enjoy.

A solar farm might be one way to generate new revenues or reduce City expenses.

How and when will this decision be made?

View Larger ImageEach phase of this project is presented to Council to determine whether or not to proceed to the next.

Currently, the consultant preparing the detailed design and financial analysis needs more time. Due to the significant nature of this project we want to ensure we are doing our due diligence and being as thorough as possible. As a result, we must delay presenting to Council on July 13, 2022, but anticipate this will be before the end of summer. Updates will be shared on this project page when a new date has been set.

Multiple factors will influence Council decision-making, including public input - which is why we want to hear from residents.

The diagram shown highlights the various considerations that inform the decision-making process.

Want to learn more?

Hear from Regan Lefebvre, Senior Manager, Utilities, in the following video:

You can find more background information, in the right hand column of this page, under the headings "Important Links" and "Additional Documents."

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The survey and discussion are now closed. Thank you for your valuable feedback.


What is the solar farm project and why is it being proposed?

The City of St. Albert has proposed building a solar farm to provide a sustainable source of power for our community, generate revenue, and undertake an environmentally friendly project on the City-owned Badger Lands which are less suitable for other purposes.

To minimize tax increases and maintain existing services, we need to identify new, non-taxation sources of revenue to generate approximately $6 million a year. If we don’t, we may need to consider significant annual increases in taxes (an estimated five per cent) in order to continue to provide the programs, services and amenities our residents enjoy.

A solar farm might be one way to generate new revenues or reduce City expenses.

How and when will this decision be made?

View Larger ImageEach phase of this project is presented to Council to determine whether or not to proceed to the next.

Currently, the consultant preparing the detailed design and financial analysis needs more time. Due to the significant nature of this project we want to ensure we are doing our due diligence and being as thorough as possible. As a result, we must delay presenting to Council on July 13, 2022, but anticipate this will be before the end of summer. Updates will be shared on this project page when a new date has been set.

Multiple factors will influence Council decision-making, including public input - which is why we want to hear from residents.

The diagram shown highlights the various considerations that inform the decision-making process.

Want to learn more?

Hear from Regan Lefebvre, Senior Manager, Utilities, in the following video:

You can find more background information, in the right hand column of this page, under the headings "Important Links" and "Additional Documents."

Survey Closed

The survey and discussion are now closed. Thank you for your valuable feedback.

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    Administration is recommending Council NOT proceed with the Solar Farm. Take a preview of the Agenda Report.

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