For Strathcona County, environmental sustainability is fundamental to every aspect of its business. In fact, the county has recently developed an environmental sustainability framework that will help guide its future decision making.
The design and operation of new buildings is one area in which Strathcona County recognizes the value of leading by example. Such things as architectural design, innovative systems for heating, the use of recycled materials and energy-efficient operating measures all contribute to county buildings with a lighter impact on the environment.
Strathcona's project in the Alberta Solar Showcase is the Parks Compound building in Sherwood Park. The facility, which opened in 2008, is the central hub for the county's parks operations. It is home to the 1-kW solar PV array, mounted against a vertical wall near the main entry. The building has been designed to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver status.
"It is an honour for us to be part of the Alberta Solar Showcase project," says Mayor Cathy Olesen. "We welcome the opportunity to learn more about how this valuable renewable resource can contribute to our sustainability plans into the future."
Solar Team: Goose Creek Renewable Energy Systems