Working with ENMAX, LMT Enterprises Ltd. (LMT), a local general contractor company, can now proudly boast of the largest rooftop solar PV system to generate electricity in the Medicine Hat region.
"Part of what made this option attractive to us is the 15-year lease that ENMAX could offer," said Darcy Meire, Vice President and Manager of Operations, LMT. "We look at the solar array as another piece of equipment that will continue to generate electricity for us for many years. We couldn't have installed this system if not for ENMAX's solar lease."
Mounted and connected by local installer Terralta Inc., the 192-panel array has the potential to offset about 25 to 30 per cent of LMT's annual electricity needs based on their current usage.
"Medicine Hat's electricity needs continue to grow and everyone plays a part in managing the solutions to meeting that demand," said Mayor Ted Clugston. "In this case, LMT Enterprises has shown leadership by anticipating and meeting a portion of their own needs. This ultimately reduces their reliance on the overall system."
The Solar by ENMAX Energy program is the only one of its kind in Alberta. Supported in part from a contribution from Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation, it allows customers to lease the technology rather than spending a large upfront amount through outright purchase.
"We will also take care of any required maintenance over the 15 years at no additional cost to the customer," said Jason Atkinson, Director of Photovoltaic Operations, ENMAX. "Also, at the end of that period, customers have the option to purchase the equipment for a reasonable fee."
Having served the community for over 65 years, LMT Enterprises continues to grow and find innovative ways to meet their customer needs.
"We'll always continue to look for efficiencies that will run our business successfully," said Meire.
ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with offices in Edmonton. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse electricity generation facilities throughout the province. Since 2007, ENMAX has been named one of Alberta's Top Employers. ENMAX Energy is currently the retailer of choice for both The City of Calgary and The City of Edmonton.
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