The solar photovoltaic system installed on the Jim Pattison Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation building will have multiple uses. In addition to supplying the building with most of its electricity requirements, the system will also be used as a hands-on teaching tool.
The facility itself contains many classes and shops, but also goes one step further by integrating the systems and technologies that will be taught there when it opens on June 6, 2011. The facility will support a program mix that has a focus on sustainable building technologies and processes, as well as research and development of alternative and renewable sources of energy.
The OCCE has been built to meet the ambitious targets of the Living Building Challenge (ilbi.org), which requires net-zero energy and water consumption, as well as several other prerequisites. The solar system incorporates over 1100 – 235 watt solar modules as well as new leading edge inverter technology that utilizes maximum power point tracking (MPPT) at a string level.