Institute of Ocean Sciences

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Client: 
Department of Fisheries & Oceans
Capacity (kW): 
7
Locations: 
Victoria, BC
Commercial Operation: 
2004

The Institute of Ocean Sciences (IOS) is a multi-functional facility that houses a number of user groups, such as three Fisheries and Oceans Science groups and the Geological Survey of Canada's Pacific Science Geoscience Centre (PGC). In addition, the facility houses a marine communications and traffic control centre. Some vessels of the Canadian Coast Guard are also stationed there along with a vessel repair facility.

A 7.02 kW Grid Tie system was provided by Carmanah (formerly Soltek Powersource). The system consists of fifty-four 130 W solar panels and three 2500 W inverters. It was mounted on the roof facing due south for optimal performance and visibility. The building itself is on a slope, so that the roof is almost level with the parking lot of the facility.

The grid-tie system will reduce dependency on the electrical utility and lower IOS's monthly power bills. The energy from the new system will go directly back into the existing grid. By generating this energy with green/solar power, as opposed to traditional fuel burning generation, the IOS system will reduce green house gas emissions by 8.25 tonnes/year and generate up to 7000 kWhr/year.