By Anthony Capkun
July 27, 2021 – Alectra Inc. announced plans for the construction of a new operations centre that aims to be certified Gold under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.
Alectra Utilities is a municipally owned electric utility serving over one million homes and businesses in Ontario’s Greater Golden Horseshoe.
“The facility includes a number of green innovative initiatives which we’re really excited about, and which will ultimately help us achieve our long-term goal to be net zero by 2050,” said Brian Bentz, president & CEO.
This $52-million project will reduce Alectra’s carbon footprint, generate renewable energy, and feature solar-powered EV stations. Alectra says this new building will be the fifth LEED-certified facility in its portfolio, which includes LEED Gold facilities in Vaughan and Markham, and LEED-Certified facilities in Guelph and Barrie.
Some of the new building’s features include:
• Dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) that reduce GHG emissions by about 43% beyond LEED Gold standards.
• 500-kW rooftop solar power generation, over 800 MWh/year, to help meet building power requirements.
Located at 200 Kennedy Road South in Brampton, Ont., the facility will also function as the consolidated operations centre for more than 400 Alectra employees serving Mississauga and Brampton.
A ground-breaking ceremony is tentatively scheduled next month, and the project is planned to be completed by August 2023.