Canada-based ARISE Technologies has announced that its systems division has won a contract to deliver a 70kW photovoltaic (PV) rooftop solar system to the University of Waterloo’s newly expanded Faculty of Environment building, named ENV3.
ARISE’s solar power system will cover a large section of ENV3’s 5,000ft² roof and will generate 60,000kWh a year.
The $20m, 57,000ft² ENV3 building is an accessible, living laboratory for students, faculty, public and private sector partners, and the community.
The building’s contractor, Cooper Construction, notes that the facility is on track to achieve LEED Platinum certification, and will display the latest in sustainable design, material, process and technology.
ENV3 will also feature a welcoming atrium for 300 people, a 150-seat lecture hall on the main floor, a geospatial analysis laboratory, state-of-the-art metering systems, as well as high-efficiency lighting and plumbing fixtures, renewable materials, and regional materials throughout the building.
The building is scheduled to open in late 2011.