Open House slated for Row­ley So­lar Farm

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

An­other al­ter­na­tive en­ergy project is be­ing rolled out in the area.

Kronos So­lar Projects is hold­ing an Open House on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24 for a pro­posed so­lar farm near the com­mu­nity of Row­ley.

“The aim of the con­sul­ta­tion is to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic about the pro­posal, and ob­tain their in­put on the scheme,” states a let­ter to res­i­dents from Makan Yarandi of Kronos.

The project, to be lo­cated on pri­vate lands south­east of the Ham­let, is pro­posed to be built on 20 hectares of land and have the ca­pac­ity to gen­er­ate 10 Me­gawatts that will feed into the grid. This is enough to pro­vide elec­tric­ity for 12,200 peo­ple.

According to an in­for­ma­tion pack­age on the project the site has been se­lected be­cause it is not des­ig­nated for high agri­cul­tural use, it has very low eco­log­i­cal or vis­ual im­pact and is a suitable lo­ca­tion for con­nec­tion to the grid.

According to in­for­ma­tion pro­vided, con­struc­tion for the farm will take about four months. The op­er­a­tion is to be in the area of 20-25 years and there will be very lit­tle dis­tur­bance to the land. There are no per­ma­nent in­stal­la­tions and the en­tire in­fra­struc­ture can be re­moved when its life­cy­cle is com­plete. The in­stal­la­tions are noise and emis­sion free, and very lit­tle veg­e­ta­tion is dis­turbed when in­stalled.

It states that in case stud­ies the bio­di­ver­sity of the land in­creased and the site can con­tinue to be used as graz­ing land.

Be­fore the project goes for­ward, it will have to be ap­proved by the Al­berta Util­i­ties Com­mis­sion, where there are a num­ber of steps with op­por­tu­ni­ties for pub­lic in­put.

The Open house is slated for 5-6:30 p.m. at the Row­ley Com­mu­nity Hall on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Kronos So­lar will be on hand to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on the project. Kronos is one of the lead­ing de­vel­op­ers of large-scale so­lar parks and op­er­ates on four con­ti­nents.

An Open House is sched­uled for Thurs­day, Novem­ber 24 at the Row­ley Com­mu­nity Hall for a pro­posed 10 Me­gawatt so­lar project.

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