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Earth Hour in Kingston powered by St. Lawrence College

2015-03-27, 10:46 AM

Students and staff from St. Lawrence College’s Energy Systems Engineering Technology (ESET) program will be powering Kingston’s Earth Hour main stage event with the Renewable Energy Generator and Energy Storage (REGES) trailer in Springer Market Square this Saturday, March 28.

This sustainable energy trailer contains eight deep cycle batteries, an inverter that converts power to handle the electrical loads, as well as two permanently mounted solar photovoltaic modules and two solar PV modules that will attach on location. The REGES system will be able to power the Earth Hour event, and have power to spare, as this system could run for up to 10 hours.

For the last three years, the organizers of the Earth Hour event have requested SLC ESET help to provide sustainable power for powering lights and entertainment performance (band) equipment, according to Shannon Claggett, Associate Dean, Applied Science & Computing at St. Lawrence College.

“To undertake this request in the past, ESET students and faculty would remove the deep discharge batteries from the SLC off-grid Energy House, transport them along with an inverter and attendant electrical equipment to the venue and then re- implement the system on site, all before the main evening stage performance. The REGES system contains a new, permanently installed set of batteries and electrical equipment. This will allow for easier deployment when needed.” 

The REGES system can be used at other community events in the future. REGES will not only showcase some of the technologies used in renewable energy generation and storage, but also highlight some of what is taught in the Applied Science and Computing programs at St. Lawrence College.

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About St. Lawrence College

With three friendly campuses in Brockville, Cornwall, and Kingston, St. Lawrence College is an integral part of the economic life and social fabric of Eastern Ontario with a close-knit community of 7,000 full-time students, and more than 70,000 proud alumni. Hundreds are also enrolled in our online and continuing education courses each year. As part of our ongoing sustainability initiatives, the College boasts more than 1,600 rooftop solar modules on our Kingston and Brockville campuses, the largest solar roof-top installation of any post-secondary institution in Canada. The college has many Applied Research projects in progress, as well, our Corporate Learning and Performance Improvement group has helped more than 350 organizations grow and prosper. Through our Employment Service offices we work with thousands of clients annually.

For more information:
Laura Tulchinsky
St. Lawrence College
613-544-5400, ext. 1291
Cell: 613-329-2451