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Largest building-integrated photovoltaic glass installation in Canada at Edmonton Convention Centre
June 27, 2019

The City of Edmonton, which owns the Edmonton Convention Centre, has announced a $10.8 million atrium modernization project that includes the replacement of the venue’s 35-year-old skylight units with photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units. The project will begin this month and is expected to be completed in early 2020.

“Our commitment to sustainable design is reflected in projects such as this,” said Brad Watson, Facility Infrastructure Delivery, City of Edmonton. “This iconic building in Edmonton’s river valley provided a great opportunity to introduce the largest building-integrated photovoltaic glazing system in Canada.”

The new solar cells will convert sunlight into clean electricity while maintaining the transparency of the Centre’s current glass atrium. All 696 sloped panels on the atrium will be replaced, with photovoltaic glass units replacing approximately 50 per cent of the existing glass. It is estimated that more than 227,000 kilowatt hours of electricity will be generated each year and the panels will reduce anticipated greenhouse gases by over 150,000 kg. The investment is anticipated to be paid back in around 22 years.

“As stewards of a public facility, we have a duty to respect and honour the venue’s landmark location in Edmonton’s river valley,” said Melissa Radu, Sustainability Manager, Edmonton Convention Centre. “Not only does the installation help position Edmonton as an attractive destination for sustainable events, it encouraged us, our clients and our guests to set loftier goals that support the future of our industry and environment.”

Designed by DIALOG to withstand extreme temperatures and accommodate the vertical slope of the building’s roof, the finished installation will feature a uniquely Edmonton display that will be visible from within the atrium and across the river valley.

"Our team at DIALOG is proud to be part of helping the Edmonton Convention Centre continue to evolve. The installation of the integrated solar PV system demonstrates true leadership and the City of Edmonton’s commitment to a more sustainable future,” said Donna Clare, Principal Architect at DIALOG. “We are excited to see this unique and important transformation of the atrium glazing completed.”

The Edmonton Convention Centre will remain open during construction and will work closely with the City of Edmonton and construction manager to minimize any impact on the client and guest experience.

News is from June, but now that the scaffolding installation has hit the exterior, decided to do a thread (and upcoming story) for this project.