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Renfrew Solar Carport at Spark

Renfrew Solar Carport at Telus Spark

Project scope

Estimated at approximately 1.2 mega-Watts (Direct Current), The Project will leverage the best available technology for solar power generation, including high-efficiency bi-facial panels, and racking specifically designed for northern, icy climates. The Project will also include improvements to the parking lot security and lighting systems, along with new gathering spaces at the front entrance of the Spark Science Centre. While contributing to the Science Centre’s programming and exhibit space, the power generated will supply the Science Centre with 100% of their annual electricity needs. In addition, the Project will include the integration of four new electric-vehicle charging stations using solar power thereby fostering a functional, interactive science centre exhibit on powering vehicles with the sun.

Project background

The Renfrew Solar Carport (the Project) is intended to support direct community involvement in the development and operations of a solar photovoltaic power project through the financial support of the Alberta Municipal Stimulus Program. The Project is a solar carport that will be located at the parking lot of the TELUS Spark Science Centre. This multifaceted project will establish small scale & community solar while reducing GHG emissions. The Project will also help address Calgary’s Council approved Climate Resilience Strategy by providing shelter to vehicles from the elements, while serving as a beacon for the community of Renfrew and the Science Centre by contributing to the local economy through job creation, technology advancement and the environmental stewardship.

For more information, contact 311.

Project budget

Budget approved: $3.9M


Construction schedule

  • Early 2021: Complete Design Concept
  • Summer 2021: Tender and Award Contract
  • Fall 2021: Construction begins
  • Winter 2022: Complete construction

Project contractor

CANA Construction


Project design team

  • Terralta Renewables
  • O2 Planning + Design
  • SMP Engineering
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