Quebec City-based large format fashion retailer La Maison Simons opened its 15th location this summer. The two-level, 90,000 square foot store opened its doors in late August of 2017 at Edmonton’s Londonderry Shopping Centre. The store is particularly notable for its artwork, first-of-its-kind shoe departments, and environmental sustainability initiatives.
On its north parking lot, there are about 80 car parking spots that have canopies covered in 720 bifacial solar modules (the latest in solar technology), which have glass on both surfaces to capture both direct and reflected sunlight. When combined with 950 high-efficiency solar modules on Simons’ roof, the entire solar-electric system generates over 550,000 kWh/year (equivalent to 80 homes) and will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 350 tonnes/year.
Epic being new to solar technology panels, Great Canadian Solar quickly brought our crew up to speed on the installation process of this glazing product within a short timeline. The most significant challenge was the reflective panels get extremely hot in the middle of summer with direct sun. It was great partnering with Great Canadian Solar on this project.