Renewable and Alternative Energy Projects
Renewable and alternative energy are a crucial focus area of Envision. To learn more about planned and completed projects visit Energy Management Sustainable Operations.
In 2014, the Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre opened with an innovative building-integrated solar photovoltaic system, the largest in Canada. Located on our Augustana Campus in Camrose, this 550-seat theatre's 20 meter high flytower has solar panels installed on all sides, producing up to 122 kW of clean electricity.
The Medical Isotope and Cyclotron Facility’s integrated solar photovoltaic system went live in 2013. These solar panels have a capacity of 23 kW, potentially reducing the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 25 tonnes per year.
In 2010, Augustana Campus installed ten solar-thermal panels on the roof of Convocation Centre. These panels use the sun's warmth to pre-heat the domestic hot water supply. All of campus is served by this hot water, although the primary users are the cafeteria, kitchen and gym.
Augustana's solar-thermal system is estimated to reduce the cafeteria and gym's water-heating requirements by 20 to 30 per cent. An online dashboard hosted by Augustana Sustainability shares energy and carbon savings with the public.
Did You Know?
The Jeanne and Peter Lougheed Performing Arts Centre is one of the first in North America to exclusively use LED lighting throughout, including theatre, front of house and exterior. Control systems allow the lights to be easily programmed to conserve energy. Using this energy-efficient lighting technology could save up to $35,000 per year.
Michael Versteege, Manager
Energy Management & Sustainable Operations