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​We are proposing to build a new solar farm on our property just south of the existing E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant. The project site is a 62-acre (.25-square kilometer) area that is owned by EPCOR and located just below the Anthony Henday / Cameron Heights turn-off, at 3900 E.L. Smith Road.

If approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) and the City of Edmonton, the solar farm will have a peak generation capacity of approximately 12 megawatts (MW). If the solar farm produces more energy than the water treatment plant can use, any excess will be exported back to the electrical grid. The proposed project will involve:

  • Installing approximately 35,000 solar panels on our property south of the water treatment plant
  • Connecting the panels to the water treatment plant and electrical grid
  • Removing select trees on the property to accommodate the solar panels
  • Building a new fence to enclose the solar farm

All of the proposed work will take place within EPCOR's property. Access to the City of Edmonton's recreational trails and green space located around the project site will not be interrupted.

Project map


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New fencing

The new solar farm will be entirely surrounded by an 8 foot (approximately 2.4 meter) high fence, topped with barbed wire for public safety and site security. The new sections will match the fence currently surrounding the water treatment plant. We are planning to:

  • Upgrade a section of existing fence
  • Install a new section of fence
  • Connect to the existing fence

 The location of these changes are shown on the map.

Assessing environmental impacts

The environment is important to us. We have engaged an independent third party to assess the impact of the project on:

  • Wildlife
  • Wetlands
  • Vegetation
  • Soils
  • Historical resources

All required environmental approvals will be obtained prior to construction. Our design and construction practices have systems, procedures and measures in place to minimize and control potential impacts to the environment.

Artist renderings

Looking west from recreational trail (located east of project site, across river)

Looking west from recreational trail (located east of project site, across river)
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Looking northeast from recreational trail (located southwest of project site)

Looking northeast from recreational trail (located southwest of project site)
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Looking northeast from Anthony Henday (located southwest of project site

Looking northeast from Anthony Henday (located southwest of project site)
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