The Edmonton River Valley Conservation Coalition (ERVCC) is composed of conservation groups, recreational groups, academic experts in various fields related to ecology and conservation, and individuals dedicated to the protection, preservation, and regeneration of Edmonton’s North Saskatchewan River Valley and Ravine System.

We are concerned with the cumulative impact of the large number of river valley projects that have been proposed or planned in the past few years in Edmonton. We would like to see a shift in focus away from “access” in the river valley toward “approaching the river valley with a mindset of humility and respect.” This means understanding natural richness and history of the river valley and holding the city accountable to its own environmental commitments and public education.

Preserve Edmonton's river valley from industry - stop Epcor's solar power plant

Epcor is proposing to install 45,000 solar panels in the southwest river valley adjacent to the E.L. Smith water treatment plant. 

This project will compromise the river valley’s natural beauty, ecological diversity, and importance as a wildlife corridor.

Edmonton has spent the last century removing industry from our river valley; this project is a step backward. Such utilities can and should be located elsewhere—that’s what rooftops and brownfields are for.

Epcor’s business case states, “this project is about environmental responsibility.” However, even a solar power plant, when placed in an ecologically important wildlife corridor, is not “environmentally responsible.” Location matters.

Green energy should not be produced at the expense of Edmonton’s ribbon of green. We ask that city council not approve this project.