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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 founding partnership was renewed in 2015, and the County of Lethbridge was added as a member. The partnership is continuing to move forward with discussions and consultations with the industry to encourage further investment. We believe renewable energy to be a major driver of economic development in the South West and South Central Regions of Alberta.