Etobicoke-based Mitrex Integrated Solar Technology has signed on to install North America’s biggest building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system, at a student residence at St. Mary’s University in Halifax.
“The 6,000-square-foot BIPV system, to be completed in early to mid-2023, will power SMU’s Loyola residence,” Sustainable Biz reports. “It will be able to function autonomously, even during power outages, and [export] excess power from the 22-storey building into the traditional electrical grid.”
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BIPV technology integrates solar equipment in a building’s roof, windows, and in this case, the façade, Sustainable Biz explains. The SMU system “will be accented by vertical, semi-opaque solar glass integrated into the windows,” and “will incorporate SMU’s colours with a ‘subtle reveal’ of solar technology.”