Grid-Tie Solar Power Systems Support BC Climate Action Plan

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Carmanah-designed 16.38 kilowatt grid-tied solar power systems were recently installed on adjacent building towers in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia. With the recent upgrades to the provincially owned properties, the Province of British Columbia is leading by example in its support of Premier Gordon Campbell's Climate Action Plan. Introduced in 2007, the plan calls for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by at least 33 per cent below 2007 levels by 2020 – the most aggressive reduction target in North America.

On each of the newly equipped buildings, a 16 kW grid-tied solar power system has been installed on the roof via a tilted steel superstructure that includes 84 Sanyo 195-watt solar modules and three SMA 5000-watt inverters. The power performance of each system will be monitored by a central building control system. Together the combined systems are expected to generate 16 megawatts of power annually.

About Carmanah's grid-tie solar power systems
When connected to the electrical grid, a grid tie solar power system installed on a commercial building can supply a portion of the power needed to run the site. Using solar energy reduces dependency on the electric utility, reduces greenhouse gases and can help lower monthly power bills. During the day, electricity generated by the solar power system is fed into the building, offsetting the amount of power being drawn from the electrical grid.

For more information on Carmanah's grid-tie solar power systems, visit

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