Saskatchewan college cuts costs via solar power

Nipawin Bible College in Saskatchewan expects its power bill will now be zero after the introduction of solar power on campus. Nipawin Bible College / Supplied

NIPAWIN, Sask. – A college in Saskatchewan held a grand opening ceremony on the weekend to announce it’s harnessing the power of the sun. Nipawin Bible College installed 7,150 square feet of solar panels to cut down on power consumption at all of its campus facilities.

Energy produced by 399 solar panels will be subtracted from the power consumed from SaskPower to ultimately arrive at an annual balance of zero. The college’s average power bill is $17,000 per year.

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This is the largest solar array in the province and will produce approximately 150,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity annually, according to the college.

The cost of the project was around $170,000 and went online in December 2014.

Nipawin Bible College says it is also working to reduce its carbon footprint in other ways that include energy-efficient lighting and heating.

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The average enrollment at the institution is 55 students.

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