The successful installation of a new solar array is expected to generate upwards of $4500 in cost savings annually for a local non-profit group. The Olds Air Cadet Hall powered up its new solar panels on Monday, November 4th.
A 16.4 kilowatt solar array has successfully been installed at the Olds Air Cadet Hall.
Building Chairperson Marianne Dowell says the electricity generated by the solar panels is expected to offset 100 per cent of the electricity used in the Olds Air Cadet Hall.
The building was formerly known as the Olds Recreation Centre.
Dowell notes it has been a real local effort with the windows installed by Hays Exteriors, the new metal roof installed by Cactus Construction, the solar array designed by SkyFire Energy out of Calgary.
She says SkyFire's President is David Vonesch who grew up in Olds and his brother Andrew is a journeyman electrician and employee owner with the company.
The Olds Air Cadet Hall uses Mountain View Power and Dowell is excited to see the facility become part of its Solar Club Program.
Dowell says the project cost about $38,000 dollars but they received grant funding from the Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP), which was matched by a generous donation to the No. 185 Olds Parents Association. She adds, they also qualified for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP) grant administered by the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC).
The Olds Air Cadet Hall is located on a larger parcel of land owned by the town of Olds and the cadets would like to thank CAO Michael Merritt for the letters of support for the new solar array project, according to Dowell.
She notes the goal of the Hall is to maintain a desirable community space for the citizens of the Olds area. It is available to rent for local groups and individuals.