October 20th, 2020

County hosting open house on solar energy tonight at library


By Bobinec, Greg on January 23, 2020.

Greg Bobinec

Lethbridge Herald

gbobinec@lethbridgeherald.com

3B Energy, in co-ordination with Lethbridge County, is inviting the public to an open house and information session on the state of solar energy in Lethbridge County, taking place this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Lethbridge Public Library’s main branch.

This is the second open house on renewable energy the County has offered, this time in a more central location for county residents and Lethbridge locals. Information will be provided on several aspects of solar energy, including opportunities that exist in Lethbridge County.

“Last year we held an open house at McNally Community Centre out in the county, and this is the second one that we are doing, this time at the Lethbridge Public Library,” says Martin Ebel, economic development officer, Lethbridge County. “It is a chance to let the public know what is going on with renewable energy, specifically solar, here in southern Alberta, and opportunities for what there could be and to get some public dialogue and let people network a bit.”

Presentations will include Lethbridge County discussing some of their upcoming projects and possibilities, along with industry leaders such as 3B Energy discussing feasibility and functionality of alternative energy.

With international headlines about climate change and the implications of climate change, the County feels like it is a good time to have a conversation about ways the County and southern Alberta can be on top of advances and research in the renewable energy field.

“We are seeing increasing interest in renewable energy in southern Alberta, wind and solar being the most prominent, and so Lethbridge County is looking at different ways that we are going to deal with this in the future,” says Ebel. “With the hype and international interest in climate change and the implications of climate change, as well as some technological developments in solar, it is the right time to be having a serious discussion about this. It doesn’t mean we will see solar everywhere tomorrow, but I think what we want to do with the County is to be prepared for what is coming and to be ahead of the curve.”

Lethbridge County has many exciting projects in the works, and with the open house they will be sharing a number of solar energy projects they are working on, along with a collaborative research study with the University of Lethbridge in how they can achieve their project goals.

“We have a couple of private solar farms that are going up in the county and will go under construction this year, and we have explored the idea of powering one of our commercial industrial parks using solar power,” says Ebel. “We are also looking to undertake some work with the University of Lethbridge to explore in a more scientific way what the potential is for solar and renewables in Lethbridge County and how we can best develop that.”

The Solar Open House is open to the public to come and learn, and ask any questions they might have and mingle with industry experts. Lethbridge County’s Solar Open House will run from 6:30-8:30 tonight at the library, main branch.

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