153 solar panels at Elk + Avenue Hotel generate over 7.5 megawatt hours of energy
Nearly 20,000 kg of CO2 saved at Transportation Maintenance Facility.
The second location featuring the largest commercial solar arrays in Banff are found at Pursuit’s Transportation Maintenance Facility. First installed in 2015 and running live in May of 2016, over 51 megawatt hours of solar energy have been produced over the span of three years, directly lowering carbon emissions by reducing electricity consumption. Nearly 20,000 kilograms of CO2 emissions have been saved as a result.
While not employing arrays of solar panels in the traditional sense, the Banff Gondola uses the sun’s energy as a resource to warm up their water. From the roof of the Upper Terminal, cold water is fed into a grid of solar tubes and is heated up by sun exposure. Afterwards, it’s sent back to the facility for use. This reduces the amount of traditional energy needed in heating water. Learn more about the process at the Banff Gondola Interpretive Floor.
In the heart of Alaska’s Kenai Fjords National Park, you’ll find an experience to truly connect to the wilderness—enjoy a day of sea-kayaking on Resurrection Bay, then let its waters lull you to sleep while nestled in a private waterfront cabin. While there are no outlets in the cabin, the lights are powered by batteries charged by solar panels installed in 2012.
The larger nearby Day Lodge is where 40,000 guests per season enjoy a buffet restaurant, featuring three prime rib and salmon buffets. The power system here is operated by a propane generator, as well as two solar arrays that charge the lodge’s battery bank. From here, this DC power is run through inverters and converted to usable AC power. The first array was installed on the nearby beach in 2016, while the second was installed at the back of the building at the end of the same year.
Stay tuned for more news on solar energy used at the newly renovated Mount Royal Hotel, scheduled to reopen in July 2018, with plans of solar panel installation to come in the following year.
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