Shepard Landfill Solar Project
Located at Shepard Landfill and providing power directly to Calgary’s Composting Facility, The first phase of The City’s first ground mounted solar PV project was completed in May 2018. Termed a "Brightfield" this 1,080 kW first-phase of the project was constructed on a former race track, giving new lease to over 3 hectares of formerly developed land.
Under direction from the Calgary Council approved Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan, The City initiated an expansion of the solar park, adding 3,312 kW of generation capacity.
This expansion will be online by January 2019.
The combined project, totaling 4,392 kW, is anticipated to generate enough electricity to power almost 750 average Calgary homes every year while helping avoid the generation of over 3,600 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year (CO2e). Annually, the expanded power plant is anticipated to provide for approximately 1/3 of the electricity needs of the composting facility, helping further “green” Calgary’s green cart program.
The total project was delivered in partnership with the Alberta Municipal Solar Program and ENMAX Energy Corporation at a cost of $8.46M, with over $2M of investment from the Alberta Municipal Solar Program and $1.4M of investment by The City. The remainder of the project costs will be addressed by a 15-year agreement with ENMAX Energy, where, a portion of the avoided energy and non-energy charges are leveraged to pay financing costs. This means that The City can realize the financial and environmental benefits of the power plant today while spreading the cost of delivering this innovative project over-time.