The Solar Compass project supports Thompson Rivers University's sustainability trajectory by incorporating a solar path/road in front of the Arts and Education (AE) Building [N 50 40.269, W 120 21.884] . This would be embedded into the existing decorative compass and it would showcase, in an accessible and highly visible location, a new and innovative technology for electricity generation.
This pilot project will enhance the operational performance of the university by providing “green” electricity for the Arts and Education Building on a net-metered basis, promote sustainability literacy and education by showcasing a novel approach for using existing infrastructure for environmental benefit, and advance applied research through strategic partnerships. The main benefit provided by the Solar Compass is to promote educational opportunities that showcase novel and transformative solar photovoltaic options.
The Solar Compass will be a first in Canada, and it is likely to become a focal point for sustainability tourism in the region, and to be a model for larger-scale deployment of this technology in the City of Kamloops and elsewhere. Furthermore, this project will help launch a made-in-Canada approach to solar road and path development with assembly of modules being done fully in British Columbia, and 70% of components manufactured in this province.
The unique configuration and location of the Solar Compass lends itself well to this technological approach, and ties into the aesthetically pleasing design of the campus with a shape that is familiar and symbolic. The Solar Compass emblematically points us in the right direction; namely; toward a future based on innovation, renewable energy, sustainability, and social responsibility. The Solar Compass is a visible reminder that our collective future requires that we look in all directions for inspiration and guidance.
Here is a short video about the project.
Contact: Dr. Michael Mehta