Artistic solar array installation continues at Edmonton Convention Centre
Edmonton media were invited to see the ongoing installation of Edmonton Convention Centre’s new solar array. The convention centre, tucked into the side of the North Saskatchewan River bank, is modernizing its atrium. The venue’s 35-year-old skylight units will be updated with photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units.
The new solar cells will convert sunlight into clean electricity while maintaining the transparency of the Centre’s current glass atrium. The south-facing atrium roof is perfectly positioned to harness solar energy. 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 200,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will be generated each year and the panels will reduce anticipated greenhouse gases by over 150,000 kg.
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. The project is scheduled to be complete in early 2020.
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