Medicine Hat’s vision is to be the ‘community of choice’ for more than 60,000 residents, numerous businesses and countless visitors. The City of Medicine Hat employs more than 1,200 people and has readily available natural gas resources, allowing the city to explore innovative solutions in the areas of wind power, solar heating, and a water aquifer to heat and cool homes.
Solar thermal technology – using reflective surfaces to focus sunlight – can produce heat, power, and chemicals without burning fossil fuels and adding to toxic air emissions. This renewable energy technology uses a hybrid system of partial solar power and low-burning fossil fuels and will be implemented at the Medicine Hat power plant. The real-world testing of this technology will work to prove its potential for use across the province.