Utilities company, Alectra, broke ground on construction of its new operations centre in Brampton. The new building will function as the consolidated operations centre for more than 400 Alectra employees serving Mississauga and Brampton.
A news release from Alectra states that the new centre will be located at 200 Kennedy Road South in Brampton and will be LEED certified to Gold Standard. This is the start of a $52 million project, which is scheduled for completion in August 2023.
"We're incredibly proud to celebrate the ground-breaking of our new operations centre which will further expand our portfolio of LEED certified facilities to the Brampton community. This investment will create an opportunity for Alectra to implement more green initiatives and improve service levels for our customers across the Region of Peel."
President & CEO of Alectra | Brian Bentz
Alextra has a plan to be Net-Zero by 2050 and includes:
- Reducing Alectra's carbon footprint
- Generating renewable energy
- Using solar powered EV stations
- Improving service for residential and commercial customers in the Region of Peel
This new building will be the fifth LEED certified facility in Alectra's portfolio of buildings, in addition to the company's LEED Gold facilities in Vaughan and Markham, and its LEED certified facilities in Guelph and Barrie.
Here are some of the LEED certified building features that will be included:
- Upgraded dedicated outdoor air systems (DOAS) - reducing GHG emissions by approximately 43% beyond LEED Gold standards
- 500 KW in rooftop solar power generation - over 800 MHw/year of renewable energy will help meet building power requirements
- Over 300 electric vehicle charging stations to be installed and used by Alectra fleet vehicles, employees, and the general public
According to Ontario Construction News, Alectra is also investing $30 million over the next five years to replace and rehabilitate deteriorated underground cables in Brampton.
"Brampton is a Green City, and together with our partners, we are dedicated to building an increasingly sustainable community and increasing our resilience to climate change. We are excited that Alectra has chosen Brampton for the site of its new operations centre and look forward to witnessing the added benefits this new location will bring to the local businesses in the Kennedy Road area."
Mayor of the City of Brampton | Patrick Brown
Alectra serves more than one million homes and businesses in Ontario's Greater Golden Horseshoe area and Alectra Utilities is now the largest municipally-owned electric utility in Canada, based on the total number of customers served. They contribute to the economic growth and vibrancy of the 17 communities they serve by investing in essential energy infrastructure, delivering a safe and reliable supply of electricity and providing innovative energy solutions.
Their mission is to be an energy ally, helping their customers and the communities they serve to discover the possibilities of tomorrow's energy future.
Posted by Judy Lamelza