Edmonton International Airport is the primary air passenger and air cargo facility in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region of the Canadian province of Alberta. Operated by Edmonton Airports, it is located 14 nautical miles south southwest of Downtown Edmonton in Leduc County on Highway 2 opposite of the city of Leduc.

Edmonton International Airport (EIA), Canada’s fifth-busiest airport, has signed an agreement with utility-scale renewable projects developer Alpin Sun to develop a massive solar farm.

Airport leadership say it will be the largest development of its kind at an airport anywhere in the world.

EIA says the 340,000-solar-panel farm would generate 200,000 MWh a year, which could offset an estimated 106,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide.

“One of our core principles is being dedicated to sustainability. With Airport City Solar and Alpin Sun we’re creating something the whole world will notice,” Tom Ruth, EIA President, and CEO said in a news release.

The European-based company, Alpin Sun, is proposing to locate “Airport City Solar” on land leased on the west side of the EIA.

The project would be separated into two lots, one with 367 acres, and 72 MW, and the second with 259 acres and 48 MW.

The construction of Airport City Solar is expected to begin in early 2022 and be operational by the end of the year.

The project will bring in an estimated $169 million in foreign direct investment to the Edmonton Metro Region, and power generated will feed into Fortis Alberta and airport distribution systems.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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