Most people visit Kimberley for the snow; now, perhaps, they’ll visit for the solar power.
On June 22, 2015, the city flipped the switch on the 4,032 solar-cell modules mounted on 96 trackers that make up SunMine, the first redevelopment of a former industrial site into a solar plant in Canada, and BC’s largest-ever solar project. It’s also the first solar project in BC to sell power to the BC Hydro grid, and the first and only solar plant owned and operated by a Canadian municipality.
That’s a lot of firsts, but get ready: there are more.
Read here an excellent article from APEGBC Innovation magazine describing the SunMine solar project in Kimberley, BC.
SunMine opening ceremony was held on July 27, 2015 in presence of ?AQ’AM First Nation Chief Jim Whitehead, Minister of Energy and Mines Bill Bennett, Teck Resources President and CEO Don Lindsay, ICE Fund Director Dan Green, EcoSmart President and CEO Michel de Spot, and many other dignitaries.
The EcoSmart Foundation is a not-for-profit Canadian corporation based in Vancouver, BC. Canada. EcoSmart develops activities and projects fostering technical solutions and innovations towards a sustainable economy. In the past five years, it has increasingly focused its efforts on renewable energy, in particular PV solar energy. EcoSmart operates out of Vancouver and is a governed by a board of directors, made up of volunteer members, from across the country, who represent research, government, and the private sector. EcoSmart has been primarily responsible for developing and incubating SunMine. Continue reading SunMine Partners & Quotes
The calculations take into account the angle of incidence, the ratio between direct and diffuse irradiation, the average ambient temperature and their effects on PV efficiency. The maps are based on a 10 km x 10 km grid, i.e. each ‘pixel’ represents an area of 10 x 10 km, an extremely fine resolution.