Sir John Franklin High School
In 2003, Carmanah partnered with Sir John Franklin Secondary School of Yellowknife to create the first solar grid tied high school in the country. The system was successfully installed during the fall with the help of the Northwest Territories' Resources, Wildlife and Economic Department (RWED) program and Carmanah’s Solar Pioneer program.
During discussions on solar energy, the grade 11 biology class wondered how they could put solar to use for themselves. The students discovered that they could connect their own solar power supply to the local utility's for either peak load savings or possibly to sell their excess power to the utility. After their investigation on the possibility of grid tie solar systems showed the potential for this unique power supply they set about the process of installing a system on the roof of the school.
The ultimate goal of the project is to educate the general student body, surrounding community of Sir John Franklin and residents of Yellowknife about the use of alternate energies in the North. The system will also be used as an ongoing, student operated science project.
The power generated from the 2.0 kW solar array is fed to an inverter which in turn supplies 120 VAC synchronized power to the school's internal distribution. The solar power produced on site means that the net power purchased from the utility is decreased by this same amount. The system was selected from one of Carmanah’s pre-designed all-inclusive Solar Pioneer kits.
The 2000 watt solar system was designed and supplied by Carmanah and installed by a local contractor (with the help of the students!). The 1800 Watt Sunny Boy inverter is manufactured by SMA Regelsysteme of Germany.
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