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Massive new solar farm northwest of Lethbridge now in operation

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – Canada’s largest solar facility is now soaking up the rays here in southern Alberta.

The 132MWac Claresholm Solar Project is located northwest of Lethbridge in the MD of Willow Creek.

The majority of the project’s power and associated emission offsets are sold to TC Energy and the rest of the electricity will be sold into Alberta’s wholesale power pool.

David Eva, the CEO of Capstone Infrastructure, the company which helped build this solar project says this facility is now in full operation and producing clean, renewable power. “This is now Canada’s largest operating solar farm.”

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Over the operational life of the project, this large solar farm will provide ongoing employment along with stable long-term tax revenue for the area’s local economy.

CapstoneĀ operates more than 750 MW of installed capacity across 29 facilities in Canada including wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and natural gas co-generation power plants.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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