The city of Medicine Hat, Alberta has broken ground on a solar energy steam generation system that will be integrated with an existing natural gas-fired power plant.

The $9 million (US$8.94 million) project is known as the Medicine Hat Concentrating Solar Thermal Energy Demonstration Project. Design work for the project will be done in late 2010 and early 2011. Site construction work is expected to begin in September2011, with completion in June 2012.

Commercial operation is scheduled for August 2012 and the final outcome of the demonstration project will be known by November 2013.

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