Solar Reinforces Electricity Supply, Lowers Costs

Grid-tied System Among Innovative Green Building Features

Monday, December 15, 2008

In the spring of 2008, the Department of Public Works and Government Services Canada celebrated the opening of the new Jean Canfield Building in Charlottetown, PEI, declaring it one of the most environmentally friendly buildings ever constructed by the Government of Canada. Based on the impressive list of environmental technologies integrated within, it's easy to see why.

Constructed largely from local recycled and renewable materials, the $53.8 million facility uses rainwater to reduce water requirements, controls room temperatures through chilled or heated slabs, provides natural ventilation through a system of windows and an atrium exhaust, and offers natural and reflected light wherever possible with user-adjustable lighting levels. To help increase efficiency and reduce energy costs, a grid-tied solar power system generates up to 111,000 watts of electrical power from solar energy. All of this environmentally friendly technology is housed within a four-storey, 500-person structure that blends traditional styling with an all-modern commitment to environmental efficiency...

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