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SAAEP is a team effort, a partnership championed by three regional economic development organizations: SouthGrow, the Alberta SouthWest Alliance, and Economic Development Lethbridge.


Partnership Representatives

Trevor Lewington, Chief Executive Officer
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Bev Thornton, Executive Director
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Pete Lovering, Advisor
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Strategic Overview

Based on our available natural resources, existing expertise and established developments, the initiative focuses on three streams of renewable energy:
  • Solar
  • Wind
  • Bio-Energy

An opportunity to explore and develop the feasibility of medium-grade heat, harvested from abandoned oil & gas wells in the region, is currently under consideration in Alberta.

Current Status
The Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership (SAAEP) was established in 2007 and continues to move forward with research, discussions and consultations with industry, communities and all levels of government to identify opportunities and to encourage investment and growth in alternative and renewable energy. SAAEP recognizes this sector to be a major driver of economic development in Southern Alberta.