With an average of 2,396 hours of sunlight each year, Calgary is an ideal city for solar technology.
Solar Projects at The City of Calgary
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) system at Southland Leisure Centre
The City of Calgary’s largest solar PV project to date was installed at Southland Leisure Centre
in the summer of 2015. The system, which includes 600 solar panels mounted to the roof of the recreation centre, is expected to provide between 161,000 – 184,000 kWh of electricity each year. That’s equivalent to offsetting the electricity use for up to 24 average Calgary homes!
This project supports The City’s priority of making Calgary a healthy and green city by investing in renewable energy. This project was funded by The City of Calgary’s Sustainable Buildings Partnership Program.
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Other Solar PV projects
There are a number of other small scale solar PV systems at The City of Calgary, including the 50kW system at the Bearspaw Operations Workplace Centre
, the 30kW system at the 69th Street LRT Park and Ride, and other small scale projects under 5kW.
How It Works
Solar PV Systems
- Solar PV panels are mounted to a sunny South or West facing roof and absorb energy from the sun
- An inverter converts the direct current electricity from the panels into a usable form of electricity (alternating currents)
- Power is transported through the building to anything that requires electricity
- A performance monitoring system monitors the amount of electricity produced by the system
- Any electricity that is not used in the building is passed through the Calgary electricity grid and used to provide power to others in the community
Benefits of using solar technology:
- Improving Calgary’s ecological footprint
- Increasing Calgary’s supply of renewable energy
- Reducing utility costs
Interested in installing solar panels at your home? In January 2009, the Government of Alberta’s Micro-generation regulation came into effect. This regulation is a set of simplified rules that allows Albertans to generate their own environmentally friendly electricity. Visit the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) website to learn more about this regulation and how to find local energy providers to discuss your solar options.