Solar Photovoltaics – Band Office in Jean Marie River

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System Overview:

Solar PV system at the Jean Marie River Band Office

In the winter of 2005, Jean Marie River community representatives considered the use of solar power to produce electricity. By November 2005, a 1320-watt solar photovoltaic (PV) system was installed on the roof of the Jean Marie River Band Office. The system is connected to the community grid and cost approximately $20,000 to purchase and install.

The panels were first installed flat on the roof. The low angle of the roof was not ideal for solar electricity production given the community’s northern location; so, in 2006 the panels were re-installed at a steeper angle (50o from horizontal) in order to increase power production.

Performance Data:

Using Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) data, AEA calculated that a system of this size in Jean Marie River should produce 1,460 kWh of electricity per year. Between when the system first began delivering electricity to the Band Office in July 14th, 2006, and August 14th, 2007, 1,387 kWh of electricity were produced. Unfortunately, some production was lost due to snow cover during the winter. This can be fixed in the future by ensuring panels are kept clear of snow.

Performance data July 14th 2006 to August 14th 2007:

Cost to install20,000$
Reduction in diesel fuel use500litres
Greenhouse Gas reduction1,400Kg CO2e

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Solar Photovoltaics at the Jean Marie River Band Office