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St. Lawrence College is ready to flip the switch to solar


(Kingston, ON) On October 5, 2012, St. Lawrence College will officially “Flip the Switch” to solar energy, generating clean energy -- and profit -- for the college.

The solar project, which began in 2010 with a massive installation of 1200 solar panels on the Kingston Campus and 442 on the Brockville Campus, will generate approximately $230,000 in revenue annually in Kingston and $93,000 in Brockville. The solar panel installation is the largest of its kind at any post-secondary institution in Canada. Large TV display screens in the College’s main foyers will show how many tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced through the generation of green power.

“This is a great opportunity for St. Lawrence College and its students,” said Gordon C. MacDougall, Interim President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “We are realizing our goal of becoming a leader in the green energy sector, not only in being more sustainable as an institution, but also as a leader in renewable energy regarding the education and training of workers for green energy jobs.”

The solar panels allow students in the College’s Energy Systems Engineering program to gather real-time solar data and learn how the effects of different tilt angles, flat versus sloped rooftops, different types of inverters and different geographic locations impact solar power generation. This valuable information will be used by the solar industry and will assist students in learning how to optimize solar system design.


About St. Lawrence College
Located along the shores of the St. Lawrence River, SLC has three campuses in Brockville, Cornwall and Kingston. St. Lawrence College boasts 6,500 full-time students from Canada, and more than 40 countries worldwide. Our college community includes 20,000 part-time students, 1,000 staff, and more than 70,000 alumni. We also serve more than 3,000 Employment Services clients annually. The college has recently invested in the development of Applied Research with many exciting projects in progress. In addition revitalization of our campuses is underway to support new and innovate new programs including; Wind Turbine Technician, Game Development Technician, and Fine Arts, among others.

Media Opportunity
Friday, Oct. 5, 2012
1:00 to 1:30 pm
Empire Board Room, St. Lawrence College

Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College, Communications
613-544-5400, ext. 1291

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