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​​​The kīsikāw pīsim solar f​​arm is making clean, renewable energy to help produce clean drinking water for about one-third of all Albertans.

Commissioned in fall 2022, the solar farm provides about half of the electricity needed to power the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant in Edmonton. The name kīsikāw pīsim, gifted to EPCOR by Enoch Cree Nation, means “day sun” in Cree.

Not only does the solar farm help EPCOR reduce greenhouse gas emissions to take action on climate change, it supports important education and research into how we capture solar energy and store it in batteries for large operations like water plants.​

​Did​ you know?​​

 

60%

The amount of water the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant provides to Edmonton and more than 65 surrounding communities.​

 

13.6 megawatts

The amount of electricity the solar farm can generate when running at full capacity.​

 

30,​350 solar panels

Make up the solar ​farm, which is situated on 20.6 hectares (51 acres) of land.

 

1008 batt​​eries

Each weighing 57 kg and enclosed within two sea-can style buildings on the site. Together with battery controllers, inverters and transformers, this completes the battery energy storage system.

 

July

Is the sunniest month in Edmonton, where the solar farm is located. In Alberta, solar power efficiency and output is much higher than in other geographical locations in Canada. Mid-day is generally the best time to generate solar electricity.​​​

 

2,800 ho​mes 

The amount of typical Alberta homes that the solar farm could power in one year. The typical Alberta home uses 600 kWh every month and the solar farm is estimated to produce 20,000 MWh per year.​​