The first "green" building in Nunavik Uses Innovative Grid Connected Photovoltaic System to Reduce E

The new airport terminal located 1.5 km from the Northern Village of Kuujjuaq includes a Photovoltaic (PV) system to reduce energy consumption.

Montreal, August 28, 2008— In 2005 the Government of Canada initiated a project to renovate the Kuujjuaq Airport in northern Québec. The renovations included the incorporation of a Photovoltaic (PV) system connected to Hydro Québec's grid. The architecture and engineering of the system and its incorporation onto the building's façade was carried out by Aedifica and consulting engineering group Equation, with Matrix Energy providing technical assistance. Matrix Energy also provided the system components, including 6.3kWp of Shell Solar / SolarWorld monocrystaline solar modules and three (3) Fronius 2.5kW / 208VAC grid-tie inverters. "Laval Fortin is proud of its partnership with Matrix Energy with regards to the project at the Kuujjuaq Airport. We are pleased to have had the opportunity to install this Photovoltaic system connected to Hydro Québec's grid, and to demonstrate this renewable energy technology in the region of Nunavik, northern Québec", says Sébastien Sheehy, Project Manager at Laval Fortin Adams, installer of the PV system. This grid connected PV system is one of the first installed in the far north and annual electricity generation is estimated at 5040kWh - 5670kWh. This system allows the Airport to offset electricity consumption normally drawn off the grid, as well as to further promote PV technology in Québec.


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