What if the Vancouver Convention Centre went solar?

Tomorrow Dr. Michael Mehta from Sweet Spot Solar is speaking with scores of high school students from across the province at the BC Tech Summit in Vancouver. This part of the event is being held in the Vancouver Convention Centre West at 1055 Canada Place.

Here’s what this magnificent building looks like currently from the sky.

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Although a complex roof with many angles and visually stunning features, this building also happens to be prime real estate for solar.

Here’s the first step we took toward designing a massive solar array for it.

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We are proposing the use of bifacial modules and have designed this array using Silfab 295 bifacials coupled to several Outback Proharvest inverters. This roof would be a ballasted system using ECOFOOT 2+ racking. No holes that way, and a relatively inexpensive installation of $2.50/Watt.

Here’s the array design.

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A solar array like this would cost around $7.25M. It would generate more than 3 million kWh/year - or enough energy to power a fleet of 750 electric cars driving on average 20,000 km/year. Here’s the annual energy production by month.

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Here’s what it would look like.

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Michael Mehta