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​Providing clean water made with clean energy​

The kīsikāw pīsim solar farm provides almost half of the electricity needed to power the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and its water treatment and distribution processes. The plant provides 60% of the drinking water for Edmonton and more than 90 surrounding communities.​

Commissioned in fall 2022, the solar farm is made up of:

  • 30​,350 solar panels on 51 acres of land, for a total of 13.6 megawatts of generation capacity.
  • A micro-grid system where excess energy is stored in batteries. This allows us to optimize our electricity use and helps to make the plant more resilient.

See drone footage of the kīsikāw pīsim solar farm taken in summer 2022. ​​​​

The solar farm helps EPCOR achieve real, tangible and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. It helps to meet the City of Edmonton’s goal to produce 10% of electricity locally and close to where it is used — part of the City’s environmental strategic plan.

​About the name​ 

Enoch Cree Nation gifted the name kīsikāw pīsim (KEY-see-gaw ​​PEE-sim) solar farm to EPCOR through a pipe ceremony with senior leadership of both the Nation and EPCOR.  kīsikāw pīsim solar farm means “daylight sun” in Cree.

In the spirit of reconciliation, EPCOR seeks to reconnect Enoch Cree Nation and its people with this important location, through this beautiful name. In the past, Indigenous people gathered at these lands and drew strength from nature. Now, we honour and reconnect with our shared history through the name “kisikaw-pisim,” and draw energy from the “daylight sun” that will help address the impact of climate change.

​About the location and benefits

Benefits of the solar farm location​​

Watch the solar farm generate electricity​

Powering the ​​​E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant

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Did you know?

Financial support of approximately $10.7 million from ​Natural Resources Canada allowed us to include the battery energy storage system. Housing this technology on site gives our NAIT and University of Alberta partners a working site for practical testing and demonstration of this new technology.​