The City of Edmonton will fund a $10.8-million project to modernize the atrium of the Edmonton Conference Centre, which the city owns. Approximately half of the building’s 697 sloped glass panels will be replaced with photovoltaic units — also known as solar panels — to create the largest building-integrated solar panel installation in Canada.

The solar cells will be transparent and are expected to generate upwards of 227,000 kilowatt hours of electricity each year — enough to power a typical football field floodlight for almost 11 years straight. According to the city, the energy savings will pay for the renovation costs in about 22 years.

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