Medalta en­vi­sions so­lar power fu­ture with funds from En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Al­berta

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With fund­ing from En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Al­berta, Medalta’s Na­tional His­toric Site com­pleted a so­lar fea­si­bil­ity study in­di­cat­ing that they would be able to po­ten­tially gen­er­ate more en­ergy than they cur­rently con­sume by in­stalling a 431.2 kw rooftop so­lar and ground-mounted car­port sys­tem at the main Medalta site and a 404.4 kw rooftop so­lar sys­tem at the Medicine Hat Brick and Tile site.

“We were thrilled to re­ceive this fund­ing from En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Al­berta to work with lo­cal so­lar in­dus­try pro­fes­sion­als and ex­plore op­tions to help us un­der­stand how in­vest­ing in so­lar could de­fray our sub­stan­tial elec­tric­ity costs, that are of­ten over $60,000 per year,” states Aaron Nel­son, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor at Medalta.

“As an in­dus­trial his­toric site that was built off the abun­dant gas re­sources in south­east Al­berta over a cen­tury ago, it is ex­cit­ing to see Medalta’s po­ten­tial to en­ter their sec­ond cen­tury of ex­is­tence us­ing an­other abun­dant en­ergy re­source in south­east Al­berta, so­lar en­ergy.

So­lar en­ergy helps busi­ness and or­ga­ni­za­tions lower their en­ergy costs

Ac­cord­ing to En­ergy Ef­fi­ciency Al­berta’s web­site “So­lar is an un­lim­ited re­new­able source of en­ergy.” This gives busi­nesses the power to re­duce op­er­at­ing costs by tak­ing control of their in­di­vid­ual en­ergy needs.

By in­vest­ing in a so­lar PV sys­tem, busi­nesses can sta­bi­lize their elec­tric­ity costs and pro­tect against po­ten­tially un­pre­dictable in­crease in util­ity bills.

Medicine Hat based or­ga­ni­za­tion Ter­ralta Inc. worked with lo­cal partners SMC and Ac­tion Land En­vi­ron­men­tal to cre­ate a so­lar fea­si­bil­ity study for Medalta.

“We ap­pre­ci­ated the op­por­tu­nity to work with Medalta to de­sign a fea­si­ble rooftop so­lar PV sys­tem and a ground-mounted so­lar canopy sys­tem in their park­ing lot to help them lower their an­nual en­ergy costs by 50%”, re­ports Ter­ralta’s Op­er­a­tions Man­ager Mar­cus Camp­bell. “Now that we know it is a fea­si­ble op­tion for Medalta to gen­er­ate so­lar en­ergy, they will be able to ex­plore ad­di­tional op­tions for fund­ing and in­stalling these so­lar sys­tems.

Lo­cal ar­chi­tec­tural tech­nol­o­gist Gil Sis­sons has cre­ated ren­der­ings of these pro­posed so­lar sys­tems that will be un­veiled at Medalta dur­ing their an­nual Her­itage Christ­mas Mar­ket on Satur­day Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Turn­ing Room, along with a brief panel dis­cus­sion fea­tur­ing Medalta staff and some of the lo­cal so­lar pro­fes­sion­als who worked on this fea­si­bil­ity study.

Medalta is an in­no­va­tive, in­dus­trial non-profit mu­seum, con­tem­po­rary ce­ramic arts fa­cil­ity, art gallery and com­mu­nity hub in Medicine Hat.

Lo­cated within a con­verted cen­tury-old fac­tory, it has be­come an ex­cit­ing place where cut­ting-edge tech­nolo­gies meet his­toric restora­tion and ar­chae­ol­ogy come to­gether.

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