In 2012, Calgary City Council directed Administration to ensure 100 per cent of The City’s operations are 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity. This direction was given as one of many measures to ensure our organization is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent from 2005 to 2020 and reduced by 80 per cent overall in 2050.
The solar project supports The City’s priority of making Calgary a healthy and green city by investing in renewable energy. The solar project was funded by The City of Calgary’s Sustainable Buildings Partnership Program
Benefits of using solar technology
- Improves Calgary’s ecological footprint
- Increases Calgary’s supply of renewable energy
- Reduces utility costs
How solar PV systems work
- 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.