Glenmary School Approved for $750,000 Solar Technology System

  Posted: January 27, 2017

Holy Family Catholic Regional Division (HFCRD) is pleased to announce that Glenmary School in Peace River has been selected to receive a Solar Technology System (STS).  The school is one of 36 schools across the province to participate in the Alberta Government’s solar technology initiative for school capital projects which will see the installation of solar panels on Alberta schools.  Part of the Climate Leadership Plan, the STS cost including installation at Glenmary will be fully funded by Alberta Education up to a maximum of $750,000.

“We are excited to see a $750,000 investment in solar technology at Glenmary School,” said Board Chair Kelly Whalen.  “We strive to be role models for students and to teach them the value of renewable energy.  HFCRD is proud to help protect the environment in any way we can, and this initiative is an excellent way to do just that.”

The announcement came in a letter from Alberta Education received this week, which states that “one of the objectives of this initiative is to gather data on the cost and benefits of incorporating solar technology into school projects.”  To achieve this objective, HFCRD will collect and provide data to Alberta Education on a regular basis.  Some information includes STS scope and costs, energy outcome and savings.

The announcement comes at excellent timing as Glenmary School is currently undergoing a $5.2 million modernization that includes the addition of a CTS lab.  The installation of the solar panels will likely coincide with the current construction in order to reduce disruption to students.  More information about the solar technology initiative is available in the October 26 announcement from Alberta Education.