The Claresholm Solar Project is now up and running.

Alberta NDP Energy Critic Kathleen Ganley spoke at the inauguration to help celebrate the progress of renewable energy in Alberta.

The 132MW solar farm operated by Capstone Infrastructure is located 13km southeast of Claresholm, in the Municipal District of Willow Creek. It is the country’s largest operating solar power plant.

"It’s an honour to be invited here today for the inauguration of the Claresholm Solar Project," said Ganley. "This project is a testament to the amazing progress we’ve seen in Alberta’s renewable energy industry. Over the past few years, the efficiency of solar has increased while the cost has fallen dramatically, making it an increasingly attractive investment."

"As the largest solar project in Canada, the Claresholm project has generated hundreds of jobs and will generate millions in property tax revenue," Ganley continued.

"With this, Alberta is the wind and solar capital of Canada and the industry will be part of the solution to addressing one of our greatest challenges: achieving province-wide net-zero by 2050.