A small town in southern Alberta plans to power itself using only solar panels — believed to be a first in Canada.
The Town of Raymond is in the process of installing about 2,700 solar panels on top of all of its municipal buildings.
“Every time it’s a sunny day, we just get a smile down here because that’s what’s going to help us meet our goal of becoming net zero,” said Greg Robinson, director of community and economic development for the town.
Located 40 kilometers south of Lethbridge, Raymond is home to about 4,200 people.
So far, Calgary-based utility Enmax has helped install panels on nine of the town’s facilities, including its firewall, ice arena, golf course, and water treatment plant.
Once they’re all up, solar energy will cover all of the municipal government’s energy needs — from running buildings to lighting streets, Robinson said.