City of Moose Jaw to Begin Clean Energy Upgrades at Facilities

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November 29, 2021

MOOSE JAW – Today, the City of Moose Jaw provided a construction update about an estimated $1 million solar initiative that will help power a trio of municipal facilities, thanks in part to federal and provincial funding to support the completion of this energy infrastructure.

The project involves attaching a total of 730 solar panels to Yara Centre, Mosaic Place and the building used for both City Hall and the Moose Jaw Police Service to replace a portion of each facility’s electricity needs with clean and high-quality power. The project also includes the installation of long-life LED fixtures and bulbs at Yara Centre.

Construction is expected to begin as early as December. The solar panel installations at Yara Centre and City Hall/Moose Jaw Police Service are expected to be completed by early 2022. The installation of the solar panels at Mosaic Place and the LED lighting upgrades at the Yara Centre are scheduled for the spring of 2022.

The project is expected to increase community resilience by reducing the city’s utility bills by approximately $170,000 annually, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 829 tonnes annually.

Under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada will fund up to $415,120 toward the project and the Government of Saskatchewan will fund up to $345,899. The City of Moose Jaw is responsible for funding the remainder of the estimated $1 million project.

“Projects such as the City of Moose Jaw’s solar initiative not only help us reach our emissions-reduction targets, they also enable municipalities to reduce the cost of their electricity consumption. Our Government will continue to partner with municipalities, provinces and territories to help communities become more resilient in the face of climate change and lead the transition to a low-carbon economy.” – The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to invest more than $345,000 towards these important infrastructure projects within the City of Moose Jaw,” Saskatchewan’s Government Relations Minister Don McMorris said. “These installations and upgrades will provide the City of Moose Jaw and surrounding municipal facilities with energy, demonstrating our government’s commitment to build and strengthen Saskatchewan’s urban and rural communities.”

“These four projects showcase the City’s commitment to clean-energy projects while reducing our long-term utility costs which will strengthen Moose Jaw’s resilience in a post-pandemic world,” Moose Jaw Mayor Clive Tolley said. “On behalf of our City Council we thank the federal and provincial governments for their contributions to these projects as they likely would have not moved forward without their support.”

For further information on federal infrastructure funding, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca.