Comox Valley Airport Solar Project

The Comox Valley airport is a hub connecting tourists, visitors and locals to central and north Vancouver Island, and now welcomes it's guests with a beautiful 266 panel array on the main terminal’s south facing roof.

September 15, 2023

This powerful photovoltaic system consists of (266) 455W solar modules, mounted to the centre portion of the airports metal standing seam roof. The system’s total capacity is 121.03 kW, which has been modelled to produce an estimated 137,447kWh of electricity a year. Based on historical consumption data, this system’s solar generation is anticipated to offset 13% of annual electrical consumption. The solar modules were racked onto the metal standing seam roof using specialized clamps, avoiding the need to penetrate the airport’s roofing material.

The system is interconnected to the electrical distribution at the main service 600V 800A panel board. In order to achieve the AC inter-connection into existing electrical infrastructure, a Net Metering agreement was implemented with the utility provider, BC Hydro. Hakai’s commissioning services included one on one training with the client to ensure product awareness, safety and maintenance requirements are understood.

Although YQQ is a relatively small airport, the space serves thousands of travellers a day. Now, the airport can welcome travellers with a robust renewable energy system that reduces energy bills and promotes environmental sustainability in the community. The solar photovoltaic system will produce carbon-free energy every day for the next 35-40 years. The airport has the ability to generate their own electricity while protecting themselves from escalating utility prices and utilizing clean, emission free electricity for decades to come.


System Performance Highlights

System Type Roof Type Racking System Photovoltaics Inverters Annual PV Energy Generation Total Peak System Capacity
Grid-tied photovoltaic Sloped, metal standing seam Standing seam clamps (266) 455W solar modules string inverters estimated at 135,000+ kWh/Year 121kW