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Public Works and Government Services Canada Photovoltaic Solar Panel Systems Rooftop

PWGSC Photovoltaic Systems

Projects / Institutional

Project info

The goal of this project was to supply and install photovoltaic panel systems (solar panels) at three separate Public Works and Government Services Canada locations to supplement their incoming power with clean solar energy. As the general contractor, we supplied and installed photovoltaic panels at the following locations:

  • Canadian Coast Guard – Richmond, BC
  • Institute of Ocean Sciences – Sidney, BC
  • Pacific Biological Station – Nanaimo, BC

The customer required each system to be integrated into the existing electrical system, without power disruptions. 

A challenge we faced during this project was that the Sidney system was larger than the maximum size allowed by BC Hydro for their Net Metering program. Our team worked directly with BC Hydro to develop a method for connecting systems of this size through a load offset stream to demonstrate that the system impact on the grid was manageable. 

We also committed to environmental and sustainability practices during this project by safely disposing contaminated materials, relocating 18 trees, and protecting a heron habitat. 


  • Sector: Institutional
  • Completion: 2019
  • Owner: Public Works and Government Services Canada