Engineers Canada National Award

Engineers Canada Award National Award for an Engineering Project of Achievement was presented to Michel de Spot, President and CEO of EcoSmart for the SunMine project at a ceremony in Charlottetown, PEI.

Initiated by Michel de Spot, P.Eng. of EcoSmart Foundation Inc., SunMine is British Columbia’s first grid-connected solar facility as well as the first such facility to be built on a reclaimed mine site. With 4,000 solar cell modules mounted on 96 solar trackers that follow the sun, the site provides about 40 per cent more energy than a traditional fixed system. Owned and operated by the City of Kimberley, BC, SunMine’s success was the result of the exceptional collaboration of its key partners, Teck Resources Ltd., the City of Kimberley, BC Hydro, and EcoSmart. SunMine has also become a centre of excellence, showcasing leading edge solar technologies.

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Photos of the Award Ceremony in PEI

APEGBC sustainability award 2015 video – SunMine

The 2015 Sustainability Award of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC went to SunMine, the first large scale solar power plant outside Ontario. It is also the first redevelopment of a former industrial site into a solar plant in Canada, the first solar project supported by a mining company (Teck) in Canada, the first solar power contract with the local utility (BC Hydro), and the first and only solar plant owned and operated by a Canadian municipality. SunMine showcases many innovations such as dual-axis trackers, distributed inverters, 1000 V DC  and more…. The video explains the project.