Star­land in­ves­ti­gates new op­por­tu­ni­ties with Al­berta So­lar Co-op

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS -

A Mem­ber Bul­letin was re­ceived from Al­berta As­so­ci­a­tion of Mu­nic­i­pal Dis­tricts and Coun­ties in re­gards to an up­date on Bill 21: Mod­ern­ized Mu­nic­i­pal Gov­ern­ment Act. Sev­eral con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions have been hosted through­out the prov­ince. In ad­di­tion, the AAMDC pre­pared a guide to the new MGA as well as a work­book for mem­bers to com­plete. This work­book is in­tended to al­low mem­bers to pro­vide feed­back on spe­cific is­sues raised in the MGA.

At 1:30 p.m., Brock Har­ring­ton, Gen­eral Man­ager of Com­mu­nity Fu­tures Big Coun­try, at­tended the meet­ing. He pro­vided an up­date on the Com­mu­nity Fu­tures Big Coun­try ac­tiv­i­ties as well as projects and programs that they are presently work­ing on. One project that they are host­ing this sum­mer in­cludes an ertrepreneur­ship camp for youth in Delia and Drumheller. In ad­di­tion, Brock made a pre­sen­ta­tion on var­i­ous eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties that would be suit­able for our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties. At 2:15 p.m., Mr. Har­ring­ton de­parted from the meet­ing.

Jor­dan Web­ber made a pre­sen­ta­tion to Coun­cil on the Al­berta So­lar Co-op Of­fer of PPA to Star­land County. He out­lined the mis­sion state­ment of the Co-op be­ing, that they would of­fer Al­ber­tans the choice to in­vest in lo­cal com­mu­nity owned re­new­able en­ergy. The val­ues for the County would be to sup­port lo­cal econ­omy, tax rev­enue, power price sta­bil­ity and en­able the County to source en- ergy and green at­tributes lo­cally. Stake­hold­ers would be able to in­vest in mul­ti­ples of $5,000.00, with a max­i­mum in­vest­ment of 30% of the to­tal value of the com­pany. They are presently ne­go­ti­at­ing with landowner, Wade Howard, for a 25 year lease on the SE 9-30-20-W4M, where the 2 MW so­lar farm would be placed. Coun­cil dis­cussed this op­por­tu­nity at great length, weigh­ing the pros and cons of this in­vest­ment.

Moved that Star­land County pro­ceed to in­ves­ti­gate and re­search fur­ther this so­lar farm op­por­tu­nity by hav­ing our lawyers re­view the con­tract and also con­sult with the Min­is­ter of Mu­nic­i­pal Af­fairs of­fice as to the le­gal­i­ties in­volved. MO­TION CAR­RIED.

Each of the Coun­cil­lors present briefly re­ported on the var­i­ous com­mit­tees to which they are ap­pointed.

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