Drake Landing Solar Community sets world record for energy efficiency
October 30, 2012 - Drake Landing Solar Community has achieved a new world record for energy efficiency by generating 97% of its space heating needs through solar energy.
By Alyssa Dalton
Ted Menzies, minister of state for finance, announced the accomplishment earlier this month on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s minister of natural resources.
“Our government continues to support projects that increase energy efficiency and innovation across our country, including right here in Okotoks,” he said. “This world record demonstrates the results this community is achieving by setting new milestones in renewable energy technology.”
Menzies also recognized the Drake Landing Solar Community for receiving the Energy Globe World Award for Sustainability last year.
“The Town of Okotoks is extremely proud to be a part of the success of the Drake Landing Solar Community,” said mayor Bill Robertson. “Being able to reach our energy goals, provide an innovative and environmentally friendly housing option to our residents and maintain the sustainable vision of Okotoks are incredibly important to our community as a whole.”
Drake Landing Solar Community in Okotoks, located south of Calgary, Alta., has North America’s self-proclaimed first large-scale seasonal storage solar system and is home to 52 solar-heated residences. The Drake Landing Solar Community project was initiated by Natural Resources Canada, which continues to be the project’s central coordinator. Natural Resources Canada has invested approximately $3 million in the project.