Largest residential solar powered roof in British Columbia installed on Langley seniors residence
Burnaby, BC (September 12, 2013) – MSR Innovations, a leading supplier of residential solar roofing, has completed the installation of a 20kW photovoltaic (PV) solar system at the Magnolia Gardens seniors residence in Langley. The energy that’s generated by this SolTrak™ modular solar roofing system is enough to power approximately four average-sized homes and in this case, helps meet the increased energy needs typical of seniors residential housing.
“Through the SD Tech Fund, our Government is investing in clean energy technologies, such as solar power, that generate new economic opportunities and protect the environment,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “Today’s milestone demonstrates how these investments are successfully bringing innovative clean technologies from concept to reality.”
“This is a tremendous step forward for MSR, and demonstrates the power of cleantech,” said Vicky Sharpe, President and CEO of SDTC. “Innovations like the SolTrak system are making a name for cleantech innovation here in Canada and around the world, where the cleantech global market could grow to as much as $3 trillion by 2020. We warmly congratulate MSR on reaching this important milestone.
“The demand for sustainable energy alternatives is growing significantly around the world,” said Jim Thompson, CEO of MSR Innovations. “Our project at Magnolia Gardens in Langley is a great example of how we can turn any home or building into a source for solar power. You might think that investing in solar energy is not realistic in rainy climates like British Columbia, but the lower cost of our SolTrak™ modular solar roofing system helps make it economically attractive, even in BC.”
The annual average of hours of sun per day in Vancouver is 4.9, compared to 4.8 in Germany, which is widely acknowledged as being the most advanced country for solar installations in the world. This tells us that with appropriate solar technology and incentives, solar PV can be economically installed here to help meet the energy needs of British Columbia.
“MSR Innovation’s SolTrak modular solar roofing system provides homeowners with an innovative and sustainable way to install solar generation on their roof,” said Tim Roddick, Founder and CTO, MSR Innovations. “SolTrak is a cost-effective roofing system, with the simple option of adding solar power. By reducing the cost and improving the aesthetics, SolTrak solves the biggest barriers to using solar technology in homes and provides a higher performance, longer-lasting, sustainable roof.
SolTrak is the first true solar roofing system – not merely solar panels installed on top of a separate roofing product, but a complete roofing system that is designed to incorporate solar cells seamlessly into its construction. Financial support for the solar project at Magnolia Gardens was provided by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC), the Innovative Clean Energy Fund of British Columbia (ICE Fund), and Century Group, the owners of Magnolia Gardens. The City of Langley was supportive of MSR’s efforts to bring the project to light.
Founded in Burnaby, BC in 2007, MSR Innovations Inc. is an innovator in the rapidly expanding market for residential solar energy. The company has developed a revolutionary new roofing system, SolTrak that allows homebuilders and homeowners to incorporate photovoltaic (PV) solar power generation directly into the construction of a roof. SolTrak is available across Canada and the US.
On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) provides support to Canadian clean technologies on the path to commercialization, readying them for growth and export markets. With a portfolio of companies under management valued at more than $2 billion, SDTC is demonstrating that cleantech is a driver of jobs, productivity and economic prosperity
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