The Inglewood Community League formed a sustainability committee in January 2019 to investigate and execute on initiatives to improve the sustainable practices of the Inglewood Community League Hall. These initiatives include reducing the energy used and greenhouse gas emissions of the hall, performing outreach to our community and promote sustainable practices to our neighborhood at large. The Inglewood Community League is committed to execute all programs and operations through the lens of environmentally sustainable practices. One of the first major projects of this committee was to install a photovoltaic array on our hall.
The installation consists of 53 panels @ 305W each, for a total of a 16.17 kW array. It is expected to generate 19 MWh/year, covering 100% of our yearly electricity consumption.
This installation will serve as a visible statement of our commitment to sustainable practices. A generation of children in the immediately adjacent Inglewood Elementary School will see this statement on a daily basis.
- Reduction of greenhouse gas emissions: Alberta, and Edmonton in particular has one of the highest levels of greenhouse gas emissions in North America due to its continued reliance on coal for electricity generation. After manufacturing and installation of the panels is factored in, this installation will take only 6 months to completely offset the greenhouse gas emissions of its electricity for the next 25 years.
- Net zero electricity: On average, the installation will generate 100% of the electricity we consume annually. We will remain grid tied, so any excess electricity is sold back to the grid during the day, and consumed from the grid at night.
- Visual statement of commitment to sustainable practices: The Community League hall is a centerpiece of our community, and will be visible to students from at Inglewood School next door. We hope this will inspire more sustainable practices for a generation of our youth.
- Savings in operating costs: Once installed, our electricity utility costs are expected to drop by 65%. The remaining costs are fixed fees, and transmission & distribution costs for electricity during non-producing times.
- Open Data: Data collected during this project will be made open and given back to the community. We hope this will allow others to gain insight and give confidence in the technology for our location!
After nearly a year of work, our first full day of production was Halloween (October 31st) 2019!
To see up to date production information you may visit the SolarEdge public monitoring portal.
Thank you to organizations who provided funding for this project: Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC), City of Edmonton, and Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis (AGLC).
This project was installed by Generate Energy Ltd, who provided an exceptional level of customer service and technical expertise!