Sturgeon County's largest solar farm has now been up and running for two months.
The 630-kilowatt farm was first proposed in April of 2019 as the Solar Micro Generating Project, its main objectives being to mitigate high power prices and attract future investments to the area.
"Essentially, build a farm that was large enough to produce enough power to make the community a net-zero community," said Ken Reil, operations manager for the Town of Bon Accord. "In 10 years' time, they will put approximately $65,000 back into their revenue stream as opposed to paying a power bill. So, it's a great revenue-generator for the community."
Construction started in May, with the farm officially starting to produce power on Aug.12. It is located just southeast of Bon Accord, in the lagoon area.
The Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) provided the town with $503,000 in funding to build the farm. The remainder of the $1.2-million was funded through a debenture.
"It will be about a 10-year payback for the program and then they should get 15 years of actually generating revenue for the community," added Reil.
As of Saturday (Oct.10), the farm has already produced more than 155 megawatt-hours of electricity.
Solar data as of 1:15 p.m. on Oct.10. The latest updates can be found here.