The Town of Westlock, 75 kilometres north of Edmonton, was eager to participate in the Alberta Solar project since it fits well with other sustainable municipal initiatives. The town recently installed a 2 kW grid-connected solar system on the Town Hall’s south-facing wall.
“We are always looking for ways to keep the community informed of our sustainability initiatives,” says Mayor Bruce Lennon. “The Alberta Solar project and its website offered a great educational opportunity.”
The Town recently launched a $2-a-month “Green tax” which is added to residential sewer bills. This levy will generate $50,000 a year for the town’s Green Fund, helping cover the costs of new and ongoing sustainability projects.
The town also recently completed a Project Porchlight program, which involves providing free outdoor compact fluorescent light bulbs to residents. It is also considering incorporating solar PV (electricity) into a new fire hall and ambulance bay.
Solar Team: Off The Grid Renewable Energy (Edmonton), Conergy