Sunny days com­ing to Summerside

Credit Union Place so­lar farm mak­ing progress

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - GREEN LIVING - BY COLIN MACLEAN Colin.MacLean@Jour­nal­Pi­oneer.com @Jour­nalPMacLean

The so­lar en­ergy farm at Credit Union Place in Summerside is start­ing to take shape.

About 90 per cent of the 1,544 so­lar pan­els sched­uled to be in­stalled at the farm are now in place.

The next phase of con­struc­tion in­cludes the car­port }sec­tion, which is a row of pan­els mounted high enough for ve­hi­cles to park un­der them. It is sched­uled to start con­struc­tion next week.

All the so­lar pan­els are ex­pected to be in­stalled by mid-Au­gust.

The sec­ond part of the project, an en­ergy stor­age bat­tery, is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered and in­stalled in early Septem­ber. The bat­tery, which is a Sam­sung SDI, is be­ing built in China, then shipped to Wis­con­sin, U.S., where it will be out­fit­ted for its in­tended pur­pose be­fore it is trans­ported to Summerside.

The city pays more than $380,000 an­nu­ally to power Credit Union Place and the bat­tery and so­lar pan­els are ex­pected to save tax­pay­ers a lit­tle more than $100,000 an­nu­ally.

The project is a part­ner­ship be­tween the City of Summerside and Sam­sung Renewable En­ergy Inc.

The At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency is pro­vid­ing $1.5 mil­lion to the bat­tery project, as is the city, for a to­tal of $3 mil­lion in pub­lic fund­ing.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The City of Summerside’s new so­lar farm is un­der con­struc­tion and sched­uled to be com­pleted in Septem­ber.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A bank of so­lar pan­els de­signed so cars can park un­der them. This type of struc­ture will be added to the Summerside so­lar farm.

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