Shiny rooftop on Priestman Street: FHS getting NB’s biggest solar array

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Sunny news! Fredericton High School will soon be home to the largest solar panel array in New Brunswick.

The Daily Gleaner reported on Nov. 9 that the panels are already being installed on the roof of FHS, located on Priestman Street in the province’s capital city. They’re part of a provincial government pilot project to get a better understanding of solar panel use and potential in New Brunswick’s climate.

The array, which is expected to be fully up-and-running by next August, will generate around 118,300 kilowatt-hours of clean energy per year.

“It is anticipated that the system will produce more energy than the building can consume on a sunny day, and any excess energy will be transferred to the NB Power grid,” Tanya Greer, spokesperson for the provincial  Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, told the Gleaner.

How awesome is that?

Kelly Cormier, a spokesperson for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, told the Gleaner that, so far, only FHS and New Maryland Elementary School are part of the solar pilot project.

Stay tuned to our blog for more news and updates about the pilot in the weeks and months to come!

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