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September 26, 2013

OTTAWA — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today recognized the Drake Landing Company for receiving the International Energy Agency’s Solar Heating and Cooling (SHC) Award, which was presented at the International Conference on Solar Heating and Cooling for Buildings and Industry in Freiburg, Germany.

The SHC Solar Award recognizes leaders who have significant achievements in solar thermal market development, reducing market barriers, and the demonstration of large-scale projects.

“On behalf of the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate the Drake Landing partners for their innovative project and for furthering Canada’s leadership in clean energy technology,” said Minister Oliver. “The Drake Landing Solar Community is yet another demonstration of why Canada is recognized for developing leading-edge energy technologies that have significant potential for energy production in the future.”

The Drake Landing Solar Community, located in Okotoks, Alberta, is North America’s first large-scale seasonal storage solar heating system project. The project includes a district heating loop that uses solar energy to supply space heating for 52 homes. For the year ending June 2013, it supplied a world-record 98 percent of the space heating requirement through solar energy to all homes in the community.

The Drake Landing Company, comprising four organizations ― United Communities, Sterling Homes, ATCO Gas and the Town of Okotoks ― was formed to oversee the ownership and operation of Drake Landing.  The project was initiated by Natural Resources Canada in 2005, and solar energy began to flow into the energy storage system in June 2007. Natural Resources Canada has invested approximately $3 million in the Drake Landing Solar Community and continues to be the central coordinator for this project.

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