The Town of Vulcan will begin construction in early 2015 of a Solar Park; based on the concepts of energy efficiency, aesthetics & energy production – the first of its kind in Canada. Initial funding is provided by Alberta Energy Innovation Fund and is located on long term leased lands at 202, 214 and 306 – 1st Ave South.
Kyle Greene, Project Manager for the Solar Park, states that the location was picked because of its visibility from down town and the highway. The solar trees will be constructed over a 6 to 8 week period and then assembled on-site, with some of the LED lite park structures reaching as high as 5.5 meters (18 feet). The Solar Park will generate a minimum of 15 kilowatts.
An educational aspect was integrated into the project by way of a contest through Lethbridge College and County Central High School. Students who submitted the best designs for a solar tree were awarded iPads on Dec 18, 2014 at CCHS.
In support of the program, Lethbridge College will also offer a ‘no charge’ 60 hour welding class. The program will use learned skills to assist in the fabrication of structures to hold solar panels for the Solar Park.
For information regarding the Solar Park go to vulcansolarpark.com and click on ‘contact us’.