Life takes energy. And at Enbridge, we take seriously our responsibility to deliver it safely and reliably. Sustainability is, and has to be, core to how we do business.
Enbridge has a significant ownership portfolio in solar power, which can generate electricity with no emissions, no waste production, and no water use.
We have commissioned three solar self-power projects, aimed at offsetting the power consumption of our oil and gas transmission operations. The portfolio now includes the 2.3-megawatt (MW) Lambertville Solar Project in New Jersey, the 10.5 MW Alberta Solar One project, and the 2.5 MW Heidlersburg Solar project, which entered operation in Pennsylvania in May 2021.
We have also reached pre-construction and/or construction on seven additional solar self-power projects in Wisconsin, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and Minnesota, together worth more than 60 MW of emissions-free generating capacity. These projects will offset the power needs on our liquids and natural gas pipeline rights-of-way.
Enbridge first entered the solar sector with the 80 MW Sarnia Solar project—one of the largest operating photovoltaic facilities in Canada—in 2008. The project is one of three Ontario solar projects in which Enbridge holds an equity stake.
In 2012, we entered the U.S. solar energy market with our acquisition of the 52 MW Silver State North, the first solar project built on U.S. public lands. Enbridge has a 51% ownership interest in Silver State North, which is located in Clark County, Nevada and generates enough emission-free energy to serve the needs of more than 11,500 homes.
Our new commitments represent the next stage of our evolution to ensure we are positioned to grow Enbridge sustainably for decades to come.
Key facts about our solar power investments:
- 153 MW: Emission-free power capacity from our solar investments (based on net generation figures, which exclude our partners' stake in the projects).
- 31,760: Number of homes that our solar investments can power each year (based on net generation figures, which exclude our partners' stake in the projects).