Location: Ottawa, Ontario
J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) was selected to undertake a study to investigate the feasibility of deployment of photovoltaic (PV) at the Department of National Defense’s Carling Campus located on Carling Avenue in Ottawa, Ontario. A similar study followed at the federal government’s Tunney’s Pasture Campus. These analyses contribute to carbon neutral studies being undertaken at both campuses within the context and goals of the government’s Greening Government Strategy.
The Carling study included the review of most buildings and surface parking lots of the entire campus. The Tunney’s Pasture project involved the review of grounds and parking lots across the entire campus. JLR considered various PV design optimization strategies, reviewed structural capacities of the roofs and wall facades, and developed deployment strategies for parking lot canopies. Standard PV modules and bifacial PV modules were both considered. Both campuses are Ontario Class A electricity consumers, with a rate structure dependent on customer demand during Ontario grid peaks. JLR’s PV design was optimized for peak shaving during Ontario grid peaks and the detailed economic analysis was developed specifically for this rate structure.
For both projects, the JLR multidisciplinary teams worked together with BGIS staff to understand campus infrastructure and development plans and then develop an architecture for integrating the PV generation into the campuses’ electrical grid in a way that complied with all safety and building code regulations. JLR’s services included: renderings; development of a detailed inventory of surfaces; development of estimated costs; and assessment of the economic costs and values of the systems.