OK - it's not wind but it's renewable, a world first and is also in Saskatoon: so definitely worth a post. 

The Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon. Source: The Star Phoenix

The Holy Family Cathedral, Saskatoon. Source: The Star Phoenix

 

You may have heard about Saskatoon's Holy Family Cathedral and its solar PV stained glass windows. You may even have paid it a visit. But finding information on this unique facility is quite hard so, and with help from the Toronto designers (Sarah Hall Studio), here's the skinny.

 

One of the 54 panels during installation: several of the solar cells are clearly visible embedded within. Source: Sarah Hall Studio

For the engineers and quants out there: some numbers. 'Lux Gloria' (Light of Glory) consists of three separate south-facing windows that grace the upper facade of Saskatoon's Cathedral of the Holy Family. The largest window is 11.3 metres high,  3.7 metres wide and 33 metres above ground. Each window is divided into 18 panels - i.e. 54 in total - and the entire display contains 1,113 embedded hand-soldered, silver-colored poly-crystalline solar cells. They generate about 2,500 kilowatt hours of electricity annually using Saskatoon's best-in-Canada solar resource. 

The project was installed in 2012/2013 and, in July 2013, connected to the grid. The glass artist was Sarah Hall Studio (Toronto) and glass fabrication was by Glasmalerei Peters Studio (Germany).

A world first and all here in Saskatoon.
But given Saskatchewan's awesome solar resource that's not so surprising.


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AuthorJames Glennie