Vulcan County is becoming home to many solar farms.

But concerns are being raised about what happens when they're no longer viable, like the situation now with orphan wells.

That's something that concerns Vulcan County Reeve Jason Schneider.

"That is definitely one of the major concerns that our residents are expressing is that there really isn't much of a reclamation plan, or actually any reclamation plan, it's a bit concerning, what happens when these projects reach the end of their life whether that's 15 years, 20 years, 25 years it's hard to say with how fast technology moves but what happens then," he says. "When you're talking about hundreds of thousands if not millions of panels, if a company does walk away from them who's on the hook, obviously the private landowner would be the first person on the hook but ultimately if they walk away, it then falls on the municipality."

He says they want the province to take a greater role in setting out standards but that isn't happening.

"These are large-scale industrial developments, we need to make sure we're talking about reclamation up front as opposed to 10 years or 15 years down the road when companies start walking away from their liabilities because the reality in Alberta is the cheapest reclamation plan is bankruptcy,"

"As of right now the Province has no interest in looking at it and it's been frustrating so we're going down the public education course and talking about it publicly."

He hopes the public will get through to their MLAs as he says ignoring the problem isn't going to make it better and he hopes we've learned from our mistakes with abandoned oil leases.