Largest building-integrated photovoltaic glass installation in Canada at Edmonton Convention Centre
The City of Edmonton, which owns the Edmonton Convention Centre, has announced a $10.8 million atrium modernization project that includes the replacement of the venue’s 35-year-old skylight units with photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units. The project will begin this month and is expected to be completed in early 2020.
“Our commitment to sustainable design is reflected in projects such as this. This iconic building in Edmonton’s river valley provided a great opportunity to introduce the largest building-integrated photovoltaic glazing system in Canada.” -Brad Watson, Facility Infrastructure Delivery, City of Edmonton.
The new solar cells will convert sunlight into clean electricity while maintaining the transparency of the Centre’s current glass atrium. All 696 sloped panels on the atrium will be replaced, with photovoltaic glass units replacing approximately 50 per cent of the existing glass. It is estimated that more than 227,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will be generated each year and the panels will reduce anticipated greenhouse gases by over 150,000 kg. The investment is anticipated to be paid back in around 22 years.
“As stewards of a public facility, we have a duty to respect and honour the venue’s landmark location in Edmonton’s river valley. Not only does the installation help position Edmonton as an attractive destination for sustainable events, it encouraged us, our clients and our guests to set loftier goals that support the future of our industry and environment.” -Melissa Radu, Sustainability Manager, Edmonton Convention Centre
Designed by DIALOG to withstand extreme temperatures and accommodate the vertical slope of the building’s roof, the finished installation will feature a uniquely Edmonton display that will be visible from within the atrium and across the river valley.
“Our team at DIALOG is proud to be part of helping the Edmonton Convention Centre continue to evolve. The installation of the integrated solar PV system demonstrates true leadership and the City of Edmonton’s commitment to a more sustainable future. We are excited to see this unique and important transformation of the atrium glazing completed.” -Donna Clare, DIALOG Principal and Architect
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