The state-of-the-art solar array—made up of 4,574 panels—was supplied by Enmax and will offset more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions at Freedom Cannabis every year. Nov. 12, 2019. (Freedom Cannabis via CTV News Edmonton)

Freedom Cannabis, a Canadian licensed weed producer located in Acheson, Albertaflipped the switch on a rooftop solar system at its facility 20 kilometers west of Edmonton.

The company claims it is the largest rooftop solar installation in Canada.

What Happened?

The company installed 4,574 solar panels on its 126,000 square foot facility rooftop to produce a maximum capacity of 1,830 kW.

Based on current demands, the installation is expected to reduce electricity costs for Freedom Cannabis by approximately $200,000 – $300,000 annually.

Why It Matters

The entire system cost CAD $2.6 million to build, but nearly a million of that came from a provincial rebate program known as Energy Efficiency Alberta, which has since been canceled by the UCP government.

The system was supplied by Alberta-based utility company Enmax and will offset more than 1,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions every year, the company said.

“This strategy will supplement our operating costs for power by up to eight to 10 percent, so it is something that in time will save us costs on power requirements,” said Troy Dezwart, co-founder of Freedom Cannabis.

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