- Over 3,000 megawatts of proposed renewable energy projects on the books for Southeast Alberta
- Once solar and wind projects are developed, Medicine Hat-based companies will be kept busy with service and maintenance
Southeast Alberta is home to approximately 3,000 megawatts of proposed solar and wind energy projects and some of those projects could be getting off the ground in the near future. Starting today, companies are in the running for the Government of Alberta’s expression of interest for 400 megawatts of renewable energy.
Medicine Hat has more hours of sun than any city in Canada and solar panels are mounted on its historic buildings. Meanwhile, the city’s long experience in the energy industry have the city and its workforce well-positioned as a renewable energy service centre.
Medicine Hat’s workforce, including Quick-Way Electric’s electricians, are currently working on projects in the renewable energy sector in partnership with Terralta Inc., a local geothermal and solar installation company.
“This is all just beginning and it will be interesting to see what happens in the future,” said estimator Dean Kopperud. It is anticipated that at least some of the 400 megawatts being proposed by the Government of Alberta will be developed in Southeast Alberta, which are home to some of Canada’s best wind and solar resources.
Electricians and mechanics graduating from Medicine Hat College are well-versed in renewable energy technology and there has been a keen interest from professionals to participate in MHC’s solar design and installation workshop, which was full on the last intake.
Additionally, the City of Medicine Hat is assisting Hatters with using renewables to power their homes by providing rebates with the HatSmart program. There has been a growing interest in taking advantage of the rebates with Terralta Inc. seeing more demand for solar panels.
With the municipal and provincial governments actively searching for solutions to move to renewable energy combined with the availability of skilled trades people and demand from consumers, Canada’s sunniest city is in an ideal position for companies seeking to capitalize on opportunities in solar and wind.