Starland investigates new opportunities with Alberta Solar Co-op
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.