Alberta To House A Canadian Renewable Energy First (2010)

This release was prepared by the Government of Alberta and describes a new, large scale commercial solar thermal project in conjunction with Medicine Hat. The Medicine Hat Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy Demonstration Project will be the first in Canada to add a solar-powered steam generation system to an existing power plant.  This will allow the plant’s turbines to generate some of its electricity using solar thermal energy.

The project is expected to be completed by 2012.  It will cost an estimated $9 million dollars with $3 million in funds coming from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund and $3 million coming from The Government of Alberta. The plant provides electricity within the city of Medicine Hat, Redcliff, Dunmore, Veinerville and outlying rural areas adjacent to the city.

The project seeks to demonstrate how innovative solar thermal projects can be applied commercially in northern climates, and help Alberta achieve climate change targets.

Author: Government of Alberta

Date: 2010

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