Comox Valley Regional District Administrative Building

The Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) stretches from the calm waters of the Salish Sea, including Denman and Hornby islands, to the majestic peaks of the Beaufort Mountains and Strathcona Park, serving a population of over 67,000 citizens.

October 23, 2023

The Comox Valley Regional District’s administrative building in downtown Courtenay, BC was designed as the ideal host for a bi-facial solar panel installation. Bifacial solar modules maximize the overall photovoltaic system value. In this design scenario, the modules were mounted on a ballasted racking system to reflect off the white roof. Additional solar electric gain is achieved from back side of the bifacial panel.

At the time of installation, the commercial BC Hydro rate projected that the CVRD will save over $172,000 in electricity bills over the system’s 40-year lifespan. Recouperation from the installation cost will compound as utility prices increase, decreasing the payback period for the CVRD. As more and more municipalities across the country declare climate emergencies and implement climate action plans, they’re incorporating solar energy to reduce utility electrical supply for their buildings. Communities continue to look down new avenues for positive climate and financial initiatives, solar is a clear stand out.

System Performance Highlights

System TypeRoof TypeRacking SystemPhotovoltaicsInvertersAnnual PV Energy GenerationTotal Peak System Capacity
Grid-tied photovoltaicflat, torch onballasted flat roof mounting system(45) 430W Bi-facial solar modulesstring invertersestimated at 20,000 kWh/Year19.35kW dc