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Evan and Anna Spencer, and their two children Sarah and Micah, live in Mahogany – one of Calgary’s newest and fastest-growing lake communities.
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June 08, 2017 | Karen Durrie

Skies clearing for solar

Solar's appeal is growing for Calgary homeowners due to falling costs, and rebates

With the cost of solar power generation dropping, and a provincial rebate program launching, it's a pretty good time to be living in the sunniest city in Canada.

More homeowners are investing in solar as it becomes more economically viable.

In the past, many who embraced it traded the wallet shock for the feel-good vibes of reducing their ecological footprints.

That's the original reason Michael Betzner added solar to his Bowness home about eight years ago.

The ballpark cost of buying and installing photovoltaic panels ranges from $2.50 to $3.50 per watt. Supplied photo

Sept. 07, 2016 | Miles Durie

Seeing the light

Solar has come a long way in Alberta, say experts

A6When we last saw headlines from Alberta's home solar energy sector, the news was a bit discouraging. But things have changed, and solar power is now looking like an increasingly bright idea.

Back in 2012, University of Alberta professor Andrew Leach analyzed the costs of Enmax's solar panel leasing program and publicized his finding that homeowners who participated would actually pay more for power than those who stayed with a conventional plan.

Enmax concurred, saying the program was aimed at people who had reasons other than economic ones for choosing solar power.

July 17, 2015 | Cody Stuart

Power up

Summer sun shines spotlight on Alberta's energy supply

With temperatures in Calgary and across the province soaring for much of July, Alberta's power industry is beginning to kick into high gear.

Earlier this month, Alberta set a new record for energy consumption in the province. According to the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), usage on July 9 hit 10,520 megawatts, topping the previous record of 10,419 MW set last July.

While summer demands for energy are less than those seen in winter — when demand can top 11,000 MW — the numbers are still enough to provoke some caution from the province's energy operator.

"Due to the significant generation added to the grid, we haven't had an issue meeting the demand," said Angela Anderson, spokesperson for AESO.


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