The City of Edmonton will fund a $10.8-million project to modernize the atrium of the Edmonton Conference Centre, which the city owns.

Approximately half of the building’s 697 sloped glass panels will be replaced with photovoltaic units — also known as solar panels — to create the largest building-integrated solar panel installation in Canada.

The solar cells will be transparent and are expected to generate upwards of 227,000-kilowatt hours of electricity each year — enough to power a typical football field floodlight for almost 11 years straight.

According to the city, the energy savings will pay for the renovation costs in about 22 years.

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  1. It’s too bad that the Edmonton Journal did not publish correct information for this project. I designed the PV system. It is the largest BIPV system in the country (of which we are aware) and not at all the largest “solar cell installation in the country”).

    1. @Gordon Howell: thanks for the heads up on this. We rechecked the original article and noticed that the “Edmonton Journal” has updated the title.

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