Solar panels to be installed at Calgary’s Chinook Centre
CALGARY – Power generation in Calgary is getting a little greener this summer thanks to an innovative project at the city’s largest mall.
ENMAX Power and the Cadillac Fairview Chinook Center have agreed on a plan to install a series of solar panels on the roof of the mall to allow bi-directional flow into a specialized secondary network.
The pilot program is designed to solve an important problem affecting power grids across North America.
“This innovative solution will help remove technical and financial barriers to decentralized generation and provide residential and commercial customers in urban environments with more choices in generating and using electricity while increasing grid stability,” ENMAX wrote in a press release .
Meanwhile, the Canadian government says renewable energy sources like solar power represent “a great economic opportunity” for Alberta and communities across the country.
“Canadians have the ingenuity, determination and work ethic to seize this opportunity and build a low-carbon energy future that will bring us to zero,” Minister for Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan said in a press release.
According to ENMAX, it is the first utility company in Canada to have found a solution to the “complex technical challenge”.
The installation takes place in the summer and ENMAX collects data about the system as soon as it is connected to perfect the technology before it can be presented to other customers.