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Solar panel layout

If approved, approximately 35,000 solar panels will be installed in parallel rows in the area shown in yellow on the map. Each panel will be approximately 2 meters wide by 1 meter high. Each row of solar panels will be 4 panels high and multiple panels long. The rows will span the width of the project area, face south at a fixed angle and be supported by a racking system that is secured to the ground using embedded piles.

The solar panels will be wired together and connected to electrical boxes. Underground cabling will be installed to connect the boxes to inverter stations
and switchgear. From here, the electricity will be distributed to the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and the electrical grid. Gravel roads will be created within the project site to access the inverter stations.

Energy production

The proposed solar farm will generate approximately 20,000 megawatts (MW) per year. This is the equivalent of powering over 2,800 Alberta homes each year.

Sunlight absorption

The panels are designed to absorb sunlight and convert it into energy, instead of reflecting it. As a result, we anticipate minimal glare created by the solar panels.

Sound impacts

We do not anticipate an increased level of noise as a result of this project being operational. We will complete a Noise Impact Assessment and submit it with our Facility Application to ensure that the proposed solar farm does not exceed permissible sound levels.

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Definitions

Inverter station

​Inverter station

Inverter stations convert electricity from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which is the form of electricity used by the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant, as well as our homes and businesses.

Switchgear

Switchgear

Switchgear includes equipment such as fuses, circuit breakers, or switches utilized to isolate, control, and protect electrical infrastructure.