Solar farm the size of 313 football fields to be built at Edmonton airport

Project will be largest solar farm at an airport anywhere in the world

A European-based company is proposing to build a solar farm bigger than 300 CFL football fields at Edmonton’s international airport.

Edmonton International Airport and Alpin Sun are working on an agreement that will see the company develop Airport City Solar, a 627-acre, 120-megawatt solar farm on what is now a canola field on the west side of the airport lands.

The solar farm will be the largest at an airport anywhere in the world, EIA said in a news release Tuesday.

“It’s a great opportunity to drive economic development as well as be better for the environment,” Myron Keehn, vice-president, commercial development and air service at EIA, told CBC News.

“We’re really excited that [Alpin Sun] has chosen Edmonton and the airport to do it. It’s a great location. We’ve got lots of land, we’re geographically located north, which is great for us, because it allows us to have great hours of sunlight.

“As everyone knows in Edmonton, you can golf early in the morning or golf late at night in the summertime here. And in wintertime it’s great, because of the snow, and the reflective [sunlight] off the snow that creates power as well.”

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