Small Rural Town Goes Solar

Town of Cardston unveils two significant net zero solar projects

Cardston, Alta. – The Town of Cardston and ENMAX are excited to announce the completion of two net zero solar installs. More than 500 solar panels are now powering the Charlie Cheesman Memorial Ice Arena and Civic Centre, producing 100 per cent of the facilities’ annual energy consumption. Together, these systems will reduce electricity costs by almost $20,000 annually.

“The Town of Cardston believes in a long-term approach to sustainability,” said Chief Administrative Officer Jeff Shaw, “converting the Civic Centre and Arena to net zero energy is the first of many steps in a commitment to exploring cleaner forms of energy within our community.” 

The two installs will generate over 200 MWh of electricity annually, reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 153 tonnes per year – the equivalent of taking 30 vehicles off the road annually. 
“We’re proud to work with the Town of Cardston on a solar investment that will have a positive impact for years to come,” said Jason Atkinson, Director of Operations, Distributed Generation at ENMAX. “Cardston joins the ranks of many communities across Alberta that are realizing the benefits of choosing solar.” 

ENMAX works closely with businesses and municipalities of all sizes to help make their renewable energy plans a reality. To-date, ENMAX has installed over 50 per cent of Alberta’s solar generation. 

Project Details
•    547 panels covering an area of 12,092 square feet.  
•    The solar system generates 100 per cent of the Civic Centre and Arena’s annual energy consumption
•    Based on current consumption, combined savings will be approximately $19,600 annually at current rates
•    The capacity of the system located at the Ice Arena is 146.2 kWp with 406 solar panels .
•    The capacity of the system located at the Civic Centre is 49.1 kWp with 141 solar panels.

View Civic Centre Solar Production
View Ice Arena Solar Production

Project Costs

Cardston Civic Centre
Cost                $104,101.40
Grant              $26,664.00
Loan*               $55,868.40
Tax Funded     $21,569.00

Cardston Ice Centre
Cost             $279,261.70
Grant           $76,680.20
Loan*            $149,870.70
Tax Funded  $55,710.80

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The loan amounts will be payed from the savings on the monthly electrical bills.

ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with offices in Edmonton. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse electricity generation facilities throughout the province. Since 2007, ENMAX has been named one of Alberta's Top Employers. ENMAX Energy is currently the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton.

About the Town of Cardston
The Town of Cardston is a small rural Town 50km East of Waterton Lakes National Park, and an agricultural business hub for the southernmost parts of the province. Cardston exclusively owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure within the corporate limits of Cardston and greater franchise area, one of only 3 small Towns in Alberta to independently own their electrical infrastructure.