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Solar power system is installed at Bay aiport

Terminal to convert light energy into AC power

A solar power system was installed at the Boundary Bay Airport terminal earlier this month.

This innovative system brings the terminal a step closer to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver rating.

The leading edge solar technology, which was developed by the Alpha Group, converts light energy captured by 60 solar photovoltaic panels into DC power. The DC power is stored in batteries and once the batteries are fully charged, it is converted to AC power that can be used to power a portion of the terminal's requirements.

The project was accomplished through collaboration of businesses.

The system was designed and built by a collaboration of the Alpha group of companies, including Alpha Technologies Ltd., Alpha Energy and OutBack Power Technologies, said airport manager Lyle Soetaert.

"This team pulled the system together to help us provide a renewable energy solution for our facility," said Soetaert. "As we continue to expand at the Boundary Bay Airport, we will continue to find ways to use technology to help us increase our use of renewable sources of energy."

Delta was named a Solar Community by Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom last year and is a leader in environmental stewardship with such initiatives as the green fleet for corporate vehicles and energy retrofits at Sungod Recreation Centre and Ladner Leisure Centre.

Delta is on its way to reach its goal of reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent below 2007 levels by 2015.

"This is a great example of Delta businesses leading the way on green technology," said Mayor Lois Jackson. "We continue to see businesses throughout Delta follow the lead of the municipality in adopting green energy alternatives and Alpha Aviation's solar power showcases ingenuity in practice."