As Canada’s sunniest city, located at the epicentre of the West’s renewable energy ambitions, Medicine Hat is well-positioned to serve the Canadian solar industry as it looks to meet demand in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
First, consider Medicine Hat’s location. Located 300 km from Calgary, 460 km from Regina and Saskatoon, and 530 km from Edmonton, Medicine Hat offers the Canadian solar industry easy access to markets across Western Canada’s primary solar resource. As an added bonus, direct flights from Medicine Hat depart daily to Calgary and Edmonton.
Second, Medicine Hat’s labour force includes a disproportionate number of engineers and skilled trades people with long experience in designing, constructing, operating, and maintaining far-flung energy infrastructure. Existing industrial real estate options are especially well-suited to energy related businesses.
Third, the Gas City owns and operates oil and gas resources, a gas utility, and an electric utility that have, over the years, supported HatSmart, an award-winning energy generation and conservation program. As a national leader in renewable energy, the City of Medicine Hat has much to offer the Canadian solar industry, as it looks to power Alberta and Saskatchewan’s new requirements.
Finally, Medicine Hat is one of the lowest cost big cities in Western Canada, affording residents an incredible quality of life. Single-family detached homes in clean, safe neighbourhoods start in the mid-$200,000s, while taxes and utilities are some of the lowest in the West.
Alberta and Saskatchewan have made it clear that they plan to reduce carbon emissions via renewable energy production. Just as the Canadian solar industry is well-positioned to help the West meet it’s ambitions, so too is Medicine Hat well-poised to serve the Canadian solar industry.