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The kīsikāw pīsim solar farm 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.
A measure of electrical power. For example, a portable hair dryer or a microwave might use about 1 kW at a given moment.
Amount of electricity currently stored in the on-site battery energy storage system.
A measure of electrical energy equal to 1,000 kilowatts over one hour. A 100-watt lightbulb operating for 10 hours would use one kilowatt-hour.
The portion of energy used by the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant that comes directly from the solar farm. The remaining energy is sourced from Alberta's power grid, which is generated from a variety of sources.
The amount of water the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant provides to Edmonton and more than 65 surrounding communities.
The amount of electricity the solar farm can generate when running at full capacity.
Make up the solar farm, which is situated on 20.6 hectares (51 acres) of land.
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.
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.
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.