British Columbia 1 MW SunMine solar system begins operation
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The 1.05-MW SunMine solar project is fully operational, the governement of Kimberly city, British Columbia, where it is located, announced today.
SunMine is the province first grid-connected solar facility and also Canada's largest project to use solar trackers.
The system comprises 4,032 solar-cell modules mounted on 96 trackers and its output would be sufficient to supply 200 local homes. Since its launch on June 22, the energy produced by SunMine is exceeding the modeled design potential.
The facility is sited on the former Sullivan Mine site of local mining company Teck. The firm also provided a CAD 2 million (USD 1.5m/EUR 1.4m) contribution towards the project.
SunMine was also backed by CAD 1 million from the Province's Innovative Clean Energy Fund and received complementry funding from Columbia Basin Trust, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and Vancouver-based EcoSmart Foundation.