From: University of Calgary
Published December 5, 2017 08:14 AM

Remote northern Alberta community has UCalgary grad to thank for its solar energy project

How many solar panels does it take to cover the arena roof in Peavine Métis Settlement?

It’s not exactly the kind of question Juan Pfeiffer was accustomed to answering over the course of earning two engineering degrees in his native Colombia, but it is precisely the question at the core of his capstone project for the Master of Science in Sustainable Energy Development (SEDV) program at the University of Calgary from which he has just graduated.

“We need to do some energy transition,” Pfeiffer says. “My background is in oil and gas engineering, but I was always interested in renewables and we didn’t have as much opportunity to explore that in Colombia.”

Pfeiffer’s interests and expertise led him to the unique 16-month sustainable energy program which draws about 30 students each year. But it was getting paired with mentor Sue Kuethe that proved to be the key to connecting a passion for renewables with a practical application in Peavine Settlement, about 60 kilometres north of High Prairie in Peace Country. It was her guidance, contacts, and expertise that mobilized Pfeiffer’s passion and skills to make his capstone project truly impactful.

 

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