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Solar Heating To Shine In Okotoks Homes
Calgary Herald – March 31, 2005

Homes in a new subdivision in Okotoks are to be heated via the sun's rays. The governments of Canada and Alberta and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities announced the solar-heating project in Calgary Wednesday.

The solar-heating system will supply more than 90 per cent of the space-heating requirements for the Drake Landing Solar Community of 52 homes. Energy will be collected through solar panels mounted on garage roofs and transferred to underground storage. The storage temperature increases over the summer and then, during the winter season, the thermal energy is retrieved and distributed through a central district heating system to homes in the community.

The project is estimated to reduce green house gas emissions for each house by five tonnes per year. The federal contribution is $2 million, FCM has invested $2.9 million and Alberta has given $625,000.