You may have noticed an ad that went in today's papers seeking quotes for the supply and installation of a solar energy system that is to be installed on Yukon Energy's main administration building in Whitehorse. The system will be installed on the south facing walls of our building and will sized to produce up to 10 kW of renewable energy. We expect it will be in place by this fall.
There are a few key reasons why we have issued this RFQ. First, we want to confirm and validate the solar resource that is available around our Whitehorse property. Second, we know that the price for solar panels/installation is dropping. We want to get an accurate and current cost from both local contractors and larger Canadian solar installers for solar energy systems installed on larger residential and commercial buildings.
This will be the second time we have installed solar energy systems on one of our buildings. Three years ago, Yukon Energy added four solar panels (235 watts each) at the Whitehorse Rapids Fishladder to test solar technology on a residential scale, and to investigate the mechanics of feeding locally generated power back into the Yukon grid.
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