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Sam, Trina and Valerie (pictured above) are working to make the most of the sun’s energy by connecting industry, research and education through one of North America’s most unique solar farms.
Sometimes land has to sit before you know what crop will thrive on it. This was the case at the E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant, which opened in 1976 and where much of the site was empty and earmarked for future expansion. Only recently however, advances in solar energy created options for an entirely different kind of harvest. A solar harvest.
The North Saskatchewan River winds its mighty path through Edmonton, flowing roughly from southwest to northeast on its way out of town to ultimately draining into the Hudson’s Bay. Edmontonians are blessed to have such a massive water system to draw from, which is where the E. L. Smith plant comes in. The plant sits in a bend of land beside the river in the southwest corner of the city within sight of the bridge that takes the Anthony Henday freeway over the river. This single plant provides 65 per cent of the Edmonton area’s drinking water supply.
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