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A Climate Resilient City: DIALOG Designs Solar Installation for Edmonton’s Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre

March 27, 2024

The City of Edmonton engaged DIALOG to design a solar PV installation at the Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre near the downtown core – harnessing the power of the sun and showing the City’s commitment to becoming a climate resilient city.

This solar installation can offset between 75% to 100% of the Centre’s energy needs “in ideal solar conditions on a day with average building consumption,” a City of Edmonton press release reads – reducing emissions and lowering energy costs. DIALOG’s integrated architecture and engineering team strategically placed the installation on the field-house roof, adjacent to the Commonwealth Stadium, to reduce design complexities and reduce both capital and maintenance costs.

The project includes upgrades like lightning protection system modifications for a successful implementation of a solar PV of this scale. The 600kW solar installation is anticipated to offset over 300 tons of greenhouse gases per year – helping protect the environment and future generations. This is one of 12 city-owned facilities with solar PV installations.

The project received $340,000 in funding from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre, a partnership of Alberta Municipalities, the Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta.

Construction was completed in early 2024.

Read the City of Edmonton’s news release.

Photography by Clark Builders.

About Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre

Located just outside the downtown core, Commonwealth Community Recreation Centre is  place to learn, exercise, relax, and enjoy. Amenities include an aquatic centre, field house, fitness centre, gymnasium, commercial space, and children’s experiences.