Saskatchewan Going Green, and not just for the Riders
The Government of Canada has pledged to phase out coal-fired electricity by 2030, putting the future of communities with economies that rely on coal in question.
Saskatchewan’s provider of power plans to hit 50% renewable by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas by 40% from 2005 levels. A release issued by SaskPower states that approximately 25% of the province’s generation capacity comes from renewable sources. It breaks down to 20% from hydro and 5% from wind. SaskPower estimates the cost of the plan will be $1 per month on power bills each year until 2030.
Unanimously, in 2018 the City Council passed a motion to prepare a
framework for Regina to become a 100% renewable city by 2050.
Councilman Bob Hawkins tacked an amendment to strengthen the motion which called for actions to improve Regina’s environmental sustainability that could be implemented by the end of 2023.
After a motion passed at a City Council meeting in 2018, the administration was asked to implement a 5-year pilot LED solar pathway testing project. The project would see the installation of 14 LED solar pathway lights in Eastgate Park along the Pilot Butte Creek multi-use pathway, from Thomson Avenue to Dewdney Avenue. Each LED solar light will result in a savings of $1,185 per light fixture over the 25-year lifespan of the infrastructure. There would be no annual operation costs for those five years, compared to $1,000 per year for the conventional lights. If approved, any affected residents will be notified of the project construction schedule before any lighting is installed.
City Council passed a motion to investigate the potential of powering the city facilities by solar. The city manager says they will be looking at installing solar panels for street lighting with SaskPower, along with analyzing the potential for some buildings.
Those who take this route can either reduce their electricity needs or produce their own energy. This option will save money in the long term, but require upfront investments of time, energy — and yes, money. By 2020, the cost of buying and installing solar panels is expected to be 90% lower than it was in 2010
In September of 2018 the Sask. Government approved the installation of 56 wind turbines that could be up and running in the Herbert area by 2021. Once operational, the Blue Hill Wind Energy Project would provide 177 megawatts of energy for SaskPower customers, enough to power about 70,000 homes.
Saskatchewan’s power provider plans to hit 50% renewable energy by 2030 and reduce greenhouse gas by 40% from 2005 levels. A release issued by SaskPower states that approximately 25% of the province’s generation capacity comes from renewable sources. It breaks down to 20% from hydro and 5% from wind. SaskPower estimates the cost of the plan will be $1 per month on power bills each year until 2030.
“Lets Talk Solar”
Report Presented by insightrix, prepared for SaskPower.
“There is growing interest in solar energy in Saskatchewan. The cost of installing solar panels has fallen sharply in recent years and Saskatchewan is home to the best solar resource in Canada…”
To read more visit…. Let’s Talk Solar – SaskPower