The photovoltaic (PV) solar panel arrays on these installations range in size from 26 kW DC to more than 830 kW DC - with a total of more than 2 MW of generation capacity. Once complete, these buildings will combine to generate an estimated 2,172 MWh of electricity in their first year; the equivalent to offsetting 300 homes total electricity usage. Additionally, these projects will save approximately 1,238 tonnes in CO2 emissions in their first year.
In addition to the projects already completed or underway, several other installations are currently in the proposed, validation and concept design stage, including the Edmonton Expo Centre, the Meadows, Terwillegar and Commonwealth recreation centres and the Kathleen Andrews Transit Garage. These projects will add to Edmonton’s growing solar power production in the near future, taking the City of Edmonton at large one step closer to its goal of Net Zero GHG emissions by 2050.
The City of Edmonton is working to lead by example by installing solar on our buildings. If this has inspired you we recommend you take a look at the City’s existing community incentive programs. The City supports this by offering homeowners $0.40/watt towards the cost of the system through the Change Homes for Climate Solar Program. This covers approximately 15% of the costs of going solar. Newly constructed homes and residential buildings are also eligible for a rebate of $0.30/watt. This rebate is stackable with Canada’s Greener Homes Grant program making it more affordable than ever to install residential solar PV systems in Edmonton.