Monitoring, Solar

Carmanah Awarded $1.4 M for Solar Power System on PEI

Carmanah Technologies Corporation has been awarded a contract of C$1,423,400 [US$1,206,000] from Public Works & Government Services Canada (PWGSC) for a 108-kilowatt (kW) solar power system to be installed on the roof of the Jean Canfield Building, currently under construction in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island (PEI). Carmanah’s 108-kW grid-tie solar power system will be connected to both conventional electricity grid as well as an array of more than 500 Sanyo solar modules. This system will also include web-based monitoring technology that will provide live content to a lobby display, enabling visitors to view the system’s energy generation performance in real time. “Carmanah is proud to supply the PWGSC with a custom-designed, turnkey solar power system that will help make the Jean Canfield Building one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in Canada,” states Art Aylesworth, Carmanah’s CEO. “LEED-certified buildings are 44 per cent more energy efficient on average than conventional buildings; this is a testament to what we can achieve toward the reduction of fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions using today’s sustainable energy technologies.” Carmanah has designed and installed many of the country’s larger solar power systems including a 100 kW solar rooftop array at Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario, in 2006. The PWGSC is striving to achieve Gold certification for the Jean Canfield building under the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System — the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.