The first results of Saskatchewan’s first solar power generation co-operative were on display in the southwest corner of Saskatoon.
In a partnership between Saskatoon Light and Power, the Saskatchewan Environmental Society Cooperative Solar Co-op and Saskatchewan Polytechnic, 92 solar panels have been placed near Valley Road to generate electricity.
Peter Prebble, the President of the Solar Co-op Board of Directors says Saskatchewan’s future is in solar energy.
“About 21-percent of all our greenhouse gas emissions in the province are associated with electricity production,” said Prebble. “More than three-quarters of the electricity in Saskatchewan is coming from or natural gas. It’s time to change that and make renewables a major part of our energy future.”
Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark says it’s time Saskatoon became a solar city.
Clark says while Saskatchewan has some of the best conditions for solar energy, it also has some of the highest greenhouse gas emissions.
“We can start more and more converting our energy from coal and natural gas, and moving towards solar,” said Clark. “We’re creating jobs in our community, we’re reducing greenhouse gas emissions and we’re using reneable energy to run our city.”
The panels are generating about 1 and a half per cent of Saskatoon Light and Power’s energy, and the city is planning for a much larger solar project in the future.
Students from Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Mechanical Engineering Technology program are also studying the panels to determine electrical generation.