Location: Echo Lake, Yukon
System Size: 18kW
Information: Solvest designed and constructed this beautiful system on a asphalt shingle roof. We carefully designed the system to avoid as much of the surrounding shade as possible and use the viable roof space to benefit the customer. Designed in 2018 and and constructed in 2019, this system took 3 days to install and has been producing energy ever since.
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
Information: This system located in downtown Whitehorse is one of Solvest's largest condominium arrays. This solar array was constructed using 114 solar modules and continues to benefit from little to no shading.
Location: Old Crow, Yukon
System Size: 940kW DC, 480kW AC
Information: In 2018, Solvest began construction on the Old Crow Solar Array for the Vuntut Gwitchin in Old Crow, Yukon. This system offsets 24% of the community's annual energy requirements and from the months of March to November the array has the ability to shut off the diesel generators that have been powering the community since the 60s. This system shows the importance of private companies, utility, First Nations, and Governments working collaboratively to create a renewable energy system that will benefit the community for decades. This is the first utility-scale solar installation in northern Canada and the first solar-diesel microgrid of significant size in a remote community. It was awarded the Award of Excellence in the 2019 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, in Ottawa. The array displaces 195,000 liters of diesel annually.
Location: Fisher River Cree First Nations, Manitoba
System Size: 1 MW
Information: Solvest installs utility-scale solar arrays across Canada. in 2018 Solvest installed the largest solar array in Manitoba for the Fisher River Cree First Nations. The system covers 5 acres of land and produces 1 Megawatt of power. Utilizing a ground mount design Solvest. This project was in partnership with the Fisher River Cree First Nations in Manitoba and used Solvests expertise in solar system design and construction. The project involved Solvest employees and local members of the Fisher River First Nations.
Location: Takhini Hotsprings Road, Yukon
Information: The benefit of a bifacial panel is that you can have solar gain from both sides of the panel. Bi-facials are becoming more popular for ground mount systems, as well as being used for patios and deck coverage due to their ability to allow light through. They work especially well in the winter months when light is reflected off the snow back onto the panel.
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
System Size: 24.32 kW
Information: Ground mount systems are becoming very popular with clients outside of city limits that have more land available. The benefits of a ground mounts system are their ability to be mounted at optimal angles and direction based on your specific location. This allows you to produce more than a typical roof system as well because you are not limited to the size of your roof. This particular system included 32 solar modules that were combined to create 24.32kW array. The added benefit of a ground mount system is the simplicity to clear them off in the winter months.
Location: Yellowknife, NWT
System Size: 6.93kW
Information: But my roof doesn’t face South? This is a question we get a lot here at Solvest Inc. and this system proves you do not need a South facing roof to have solar as a viable option. This East-West array located in Yellowknife, allows for a more well-rounded solar production during the day. The benefit of arrays like this is the oversized East facing side can generate more in the morning and in the afternoon the West side can do the same. This allows for a more balanced power curve and allows for a customer to produce more than what could be produced by just a South-facing roof.
Location: Kluane Lake, Yukon
System Size: 38kWh
Information: It only makes sense that solar goes hand-in-hand with battery storage solutions. Solvest has designed many off-grid and larger systems that use batteries to store the excess power generated. This means that off-grid customers can rely less on generators for power and larger commercial customers can protect expensive equipment from power outages and brownouts. This specific system was for the Kluane Research Station, an off-grid client and included a 23.88kW solar array along with this 17kWh lead nano-carbon battery bank. A 17kWh storage system like this could potentially power a home for two days, depending on the electrical load.
System Size: 6.4kW and battery storage solution
Information: Solar is a great investment for clients that are off the grid. This system included a 6.4kW solar array and battery solution. Reducing the need to rely on fossil fuels and noisy generators all the time, solar can power you throughout the summer months. During the winter months the battery storage allows you to reduce the time you run your generators.