Sunny days are a big plus for the Saint Laurent district.
Forty-five new solar panels have been added to the roof of our headquarters building for a new way to generate energy and save on utility bills.
The modules were installed last fall and will help heat, cool, and power the building. The solar energy system complements, not replaces, the hydropower provided by Hydro-Québec.
Saint Laurent Mayor Alain D’Souza told Global News: “We want to be able to harness the heat of the sun to meet our heating and cooling needs.
He says it’s too early to tell if there have been any utility cost savings with the new modules. A complete review of the solar system is due at the end of the year.
DeSousa adds that the panels will become permanent fixtures and are the latest initiative in the borough’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide emissions.
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“We wanted to diversify our power sources instead of putting all our eggs in one basket,” he said.
There are plans to expand the solar energy system to other locations in the district, and several private companies in the industrial park are also planning to add panels to their buildings, DeSousa said.
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Simons has added solar panels to at least two department stores in Quebec City and Edmonton.
The federal government offers subsidies of up to $5,000 in Canada’s Eco-Friendly Housing Grant Program for homeowners willing to install solar panels on their properties.
Quebec does not offer a similar program, but Hydro-Québec has opened two solar farms capable of generating enough energy to power nearly 1,000 homes.
“Solar power is a great idea in Quebec,” said Patrick Bonin, climate and energy campaigner at Greenpeace Canada.
The owner of a solar panel installation company in Quebec says commercial and residential sales of solar modules have increased dramatically this year.
“We have seen exponential growth,” Bertek Ulodarzac, founder of Quebec Solar Solutions, told Global News.
DeSousa hopes more sunny days ahead will save more money in her ward’s bank.
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