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Solar install to save the Town of Westlock an estimated $600,000*

/ Westlock

The Town of Westlock has announced plans to outfit its Rotary Spirit Centre with a 625 kW solar array that will offset approximately 31 per cent of the electricity required to power the facility. The install will lead to cumulative savings of up to $600,000* over the next 25 years, based on 2018 consumption and rates.

"With the help of grant funding, we're able to offset a significant portion of our current energy consumption without having to take dollars away from another area. Solar is an investment in the town's future and from an environmental and financial perspective, it just makes sense," said Mayor Ralph Leriger.

When the project is completed in November 2019, the town will be offsetting 6,047 tonnes^ of C02 emissions, the equivalent of removing 85 cars from the road^.

"Our Council saw the long-term benefits of this project and demonstrated incredible leadership in this decision," said Interim Chief Administrative Officer, Simone Wiley. "This project is good for the Town of Westlock continuing to work towards our long-term approach to the sustainability of the community."

The project was facilitated by ENMAX and funded in part by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC).

"From wanting greater control over their energy to reducing carbon emissions, dozens of municipalities in Alberta are choosing solar as an alternative source for their energy. ENMAX is here to help them by providing customized energy solutions," said Erwin Kantwerg, VP of Sales at ENMAX.  

Project details

  • 1,623 solar panels
  • 6,047 tonnes^ of C02 reduced, the equivalent of taking 85 cars off the road^.  
  • Estimated savings of up to $600,000* of up to 25 years

*Based on 2018 consumption and rates and calculated over 25 years. Results may vary. ENMAX Energy makes no representation or guarantee regarding energy production. |^Based on the estimated production data in conjunction with Alberta Environment’s Electricity Grid Displacement Factor (EGDF) from its 2015 Carbon Offset Emissions Factors Handbook.

Solar PV products and services brought to you by ENMAX Energy Corporation and its subsidiaries and affiliates, including ENMAX Generation Portfolio Inc. (EGPI) and a network of local installers across Alberta.

About Westlock

Westlock is located just 85 km north of Edmonton, at the crossroads of Highway 18 and Highway 44. Providing excellent opportunities for business development with easy access to transportation routes and fibre internet connectivity. A community experiencing steady growth, we offer an affordable cost of living, fantastic recreational opportunities, friendly people and all with a quiet rural lifestyle.


ENMAX Corporation, through its subsidiaries, makes, moves and sells electricity to residential, small business and large commercial customers and is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta. ENMAX Power Corporation owns and operates transmission and distribution infrastructure in Calgary and ENMAX Energy Corporation owns diverse generation facilities throughout the province. Through its subsidiaries, ENMAX offers a range of innovative energy solutions to over 667,700 customers across Alberta including electricity, natural gas, renewable energy and other services. 


Simone Wiley
Interim CAO, Town of Westlock

Gina Sutherland
Media Relations Specialist
ENMAX Corporation
403-689-6150 (media line)

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