In partnership with ARISE Technologies Corporation, Cook Homes Limited, the City of Waterloo, Waterloo North Hydro, the University of Waterloo and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Kitchener, CanmetENERGY championed a TEAM-funded project to advance the development and demonstration of photovoltaic solar homes in Canada. This "community-based" approach was a major step in making available affordable and marketable PV solar home systems to residential customers in Canada. The project had five main components:
- Develop and adapt building-integrated PV (BIPV) products for use on homes and for Canadian climatic conditions
- Monitor PV systems performance when incorporated in the building envelope of energy efficient homes
- Demonstrate grid-interactive solar electric systems
- Provide an in-depth understanding of technical issues and address non-technical barriers in marketing PV solar homes in Canada (e.g. electrical grid-interconnection issues, overall energy efficient design for roof-integration, construction permit and regulatory requirements, community planning, financing)
- Showcase the first community scale PV solar rooftop demonstration in a neighbourhood in Canada to accelerate the market implementation of PV technologies for economic and social development
The basis for this project was the CanmetENERGY findings of Photovoltaic for Buildings: Opportunities for Canada, a study examining the benefits of on-site generation of electricity using PV technology on buildings in Canada.
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