Wilkie Celebrates Completion of Community Centre & Ice Plant Solar Power Upgrade Project
Issued by the Town of Wilkie
Fri., Dec. 3, 2021
Today, the Town of Wilkie officially celebrated the completion of their more than $353,000 solar upgrade to their community centre and ice plant power supply – a project funded in part by the federal and provincial governments.
Construction on the project began in August of 2021. Work involved attaching about 500 solar panels and associated equipment to the rooftop to serve a portion of the electricity needs for the Saskcan Community Centre along Fifth Street West. Construction on this infrastructure was completed and operational in the fall of 2021.
The facility’s two rinks are used for hockey and curling, while the hall is used for various community functions. The completed work will benefit the community by reducing its operating costs and environmental footprint.
Under the Investing In Canada Infrastructure Program, the Government of Canada is contributing just over $141,000 toward the project and the Government of Saskatchewan is contributing just over $117,000. The Town of Wilkie is funding the remainder of the project.
“Projects such as Wilkie’s solar initiative not only help us reach our emissions-reduction targets, they also enable municipalities to reduce the cost of their electricity consumption and improve residents’ quality of life. Our Government will continue to partner with municipalities, provinces and territories to help communities become more resilient in the face of climate change and lead the transition to a low-carbon economy,” said the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“The Government of Saskatchewan is proud to invest more than $117,000 toward this important infrastructure project that provides a key venue for hockey, curling and other functions in Wilkie,” said Mr. Ryan Domotor, MLA for Cut Knife–Turtleford, on behalf of the Honourable Don McMorris, Saskatchewan Minister of Government Relations. “In addition to upgrading the building’s energy supply, these upgrades will strengthen the sense of community in the area. The Saskcan Community Centre is an important place for people from Wilkie and the surrounding rural municipalities to gather for events that will continue to create positive lasting memories.”
“The Town of Wilkie was excited to partner with the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan on this project. Without the funding provided through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Town of Wilkie would have been unable to financially commit to this project. The project will benefit the community by helping to reduce the operating costs of the facility long term,” said His Worship David Ziegler, Mayor of the Town of Wilkie.
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