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The feasibility of implementing a solar energy system at Columbia Lake Townhouses

TitleThe feasibility of implementing a solar energy system at Columbia Lake Townhouses
Publication TypeMiscellaneous
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsLauder, A., K. Miller, R. Secor, and C. Dennis
KeywordsColumbia Lake Townhouse Residences, solar electric photo-voltaic system, student acceptance, Watgreen
Abstract

This study examined the feasibility of implementing a solar electric photovoltaic system at the Columbia Lake Townhouse residences located at 350 Columbia Street West. Units 25-32 were examined for the possibility of a pilot project to introduce photovoltaics to the residence at a smaller scale. This project is in conjunction with WATgreen, and is designed to improve the environmental sustainability of the current residence, reduce overall costs, as well as prove the University’s commitment to innovative technologies. The criteria used to ascertain feasibility was solar panel’s educational value, the current level of technology cost as well as the benefits to the environment. The information discusses regarding economic and technical viability was attained though literature reviews as well as interviews with Arise technologies, which is a solar power distribution company. Student tenants’ acceptance of solar technologies was gauged through a qualitative survey. Results of the findings are discussed, and recommendations are made regarding the residence’s opinions… For full text, please e-mail sustainability@uwaterloo.ca