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ENMAX contributing $5M to install solar equipment on select community halls in Calgary

Some of the 30,000 solar panels that make up the Public Service Company of New Mexico's new 2-megawatt photovoltaic array in Albuquerque, N.M. on April 20, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Susan Montoya Bryan

CALGARY — ENMAX Energy is contributing $5 million toward solar energy installations at community halls in Calgary.

Through the ENMAX Community Solar Fund, which will be administered by the city, solar equipment will be provided and tradespeople will be hired to install the equipment.

The city says it will decide which community halls will receive the installations.


“I think it’s going to have an awful lot to do with which centres are actually able to put solar on the buildings because some aren’t designed properly, there’s different roof setups, so it’s going to be a process to figure out which ones are applicable and which ones aren’t,” said Ward 14 councillor Peter Demong.

Demong says this initiative will benefit the city long term and will serve as a way to educate people on the advantages and simplicity of putting solar on buildings.

“The part that I love most is that it’s a cost-cutting measure for these community associations and centres that are perennially short of revenue,” Demong said.

The average lifetime for solar installations is estimated between 20 to 25 years.

It’s expected all the selected centres will have their solar installations complete by the end of 2022.