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Introducing Airport City Sun, the World's Largest Solar Farm

(Edmonton, AB) – Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is welcoming a new large-scale investment that will create the largest airport-based solar farm in the world. Airport City Solar will dramatically transform the west-side of EIA’s lands, create jobs and bring in a potential new power source for airport operations and the Edmonton Metro Region. An agreement with Alpin Sun will see the company develop a 627-acre, 120-megawatt solar farm. All available information shows this will be largest development of its kind at an airport anywhere in the world. The new solar farm reflects EIA’s on-going commitment to economic development and diversification, along with its core value of being dedicated to sustainability. The European-based company, Alpin Sun, is a global developer of utility scale renewable projects and is proposing to locate Airport City Solar on land leased on the west side of the EIA.  Airport City Solar is expected to begin construction in early 2022 and be operational by the end of the year. The project will bring in an estimated $169 million in foreign direct investment to the Edmonton Metro Region. Power generated by Airport City Solar will feed into Fortis Alberta and airport distribution systems. “One of our core principles is being dedicated to sustainability. With Airport City Solar and Alpin Sun we’re creating something the whole world will notice. We’re Canada’s largest major airport by land size so we have the space to do something very special – the largest solar farm at an airport in the world. This will create jobs, provide sustainable solar power for our region and shows our dedication to sustainability.” – Tom Ruth, President and CEO Edmonton International Airport. Quick facts about Airport City Solar:

  • Construction will employ 120 workers for a year, with up to 250 workers at its peak

  • The 120Mwh facility will generate approximately 200,000 MWh per year

  • Alpin Sun estimates that annual production of 200,000 MWh will result in an annual offset of an estimated 106,000 tonnes of CO2.

  • Airport City Solar will consist of approximately 340,000 solar panels

  • The facility will produce enough electricity to power between 27,000-28,000 homes

  • The facility area of 627 acres will equal roughly 313 CFL football fields

  • The panels will be constructed in two main groupings

    • East grouping will be 367 acres that would accommodate 72 MW

    • West grouping will be 259 acres that would accommodate 48 MW


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