These are some of the solar panels now installed on the roof of Kwalikum Secondary School, and currently collecting power which goes to the school, or back into the grid if the school doesn’t need the power. — Submitted by Jason Jackson

Kwalikum Secondary School’s solar cells up and running

Solar power project expected to pay for itself in 16 years or less

While the sun might not be making too many appearances lately, that’s not stopping a new set of solar panels from collecting energy.

During its Nov. 28 regular meeting, the School District 69 (Qualicum) school board got an introduction to Kwalikum Secondary School’s solar power system, which is now up and running.

Jason Jackson of Hakai Energy Solutions, which designed and installed the system this summer, made a presentation to the board on the 120 photovoltaic panels secured to the roof of the school’s southern building.

At a cost of $145,687, the project came in 10 per cent under budget, and has six per cent more capacity than originally estimated, said Jackson.

Before those savings, the system was estimated to pay for itself in energy savings in 16 years, making an average of about $9,105 a year.

The system will produce an estimated 42,683 kilowatt hours of energy per year, said Jackson, or roughly the equivalent of the amount of energy consumed by four average Canadian homes.

The public can see daily, monthly and yearly how much energy the system has absorbed from the sun through a web page that also calculates the amount of CO2 emissions saved. As of Dec. 2, the system had collected 1,204 kilowatt hours of energy, 1,160 of which was collected in November.

The energy figures can be viewed at monitoringpublic.solaredge.com/solaredge-web/p/site/public?name=Kwalikum%20Secondary%20School&locale=en_US#/dashboard.

The power collected by the system is either used for the school’s needs, or gets sent back into the grid, offsetting the school board’s hydro bill, Jackson told trustees.

“The system is very durable and robust,” he said, adding it features various safety features, including an automatic shut-off triggered by a fire alarm.

“The system is basically completed,” said Jackson, noting a display remains to be installed in the school for staff and students to view statistics from the public web page. The display will detail the energy collected by the solar panel system.

Just Posted

Travel back to the Middle Ages at Errington Medieval Faire

Heartwood Home Learners will transform hall on May 4

Stuck in the muck in a stolen truck

Oceanside RCMP nab suspect after call from Errington logging contractor

Oceanside RCMP: ‘Steal from cars, go behind bars’

Man in custody after pair of vehicles broken into in French Creek; officer breaks ankle during arrest

Large ‘problematic’ tree removed from Qualicum Beach golf course

Lombardy Poplar tree taken down by town, member upset

SD69 students set new mark at Skills BC event

Three elementary schools reach medal podium

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

Most Read