Alectra Utilities breaks ground on new Ontario operations centre
The $52-million, LEED-certified building project in Brampton is scheduled for completion in August 2023.
Alectra Utilities, said to be the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada, has broken ground on its new operations centre in Brampton, Ont.
In a news release, Alectra officials said the new facility will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified to Gold Standard and will function as the consolidated operations centre for more than 400 Alectra employees serving Mississauga and Brampton.
The $52-million project is scheduled for completion in August 2023.
In alignment with Alectra’s plan to be net-zero by 2050, company officials said, the project will reduce its carbon footprint, generate renewable energy, and use solar powered EV stations, while improving service for residential and commercial customers in the Region of Peel. The new building will be the fifth LEED certified facility for Alectra’s portfolio of buildings in Ontario, in addition to the company’s LEED Gold facilities in Vaughan and Markham, and its LEED certified facilities in Guelph and Barrie.
Some of the LEED certified building features will include:
- upgraded dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) – reducing GHG emissions by approximately 43 per cent beyond LEED Gold standards
- 500KW in rooftop solar power generation – over 800 MWh/year of renewable energy will help meet building power requirements
- over 30 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed and used by Alectra fleet vehicles, employees, and the general public
Additionally, Alectra officials said, the company is investing $30 million over the next five years to replace and rehabilitate deteriorated underground cables in Brampton.