Sask. Environmental Society unveils first solar project

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is calling it their largest solar power installation to date.

90 solar panels have been installed at Saskatoon's The Two Twenty

90 solar panels have been installed at The Two Twenty office building in Saskatoon. (Dan Zakreski/CBC News)

The Saskatchewan Environmental Society is calling it their largest solar power installation to date.

The SES Solar Co-operative has installed 90 solar panels on the roof of The Two Twenty, an office building on 20th Street West in Saskatoon.

"We are pleased to be installing a rooftop solar system of this size," said co-operative president Joe Schmutz in a news release. "It has helped us to achieve some economies of scale, which in turn will reduce the period for recovering installation costs."

The panels are estimated to be generating 27.5 kilowatts of power. The Two Twenty's owner estimates the solar panels will generate around 40 per cent of the building's power, reducing the need for gas-powered electricity.

"Climate change is a pressing issue," said building owner Curtis Olson. "I believe it is important for local building owners to look for ways to reduce their greenhouse gas footprint."

The electricity the panels generate will be sold back to Saskatoon Light and Power. The proceeds will go to 98 co-op members, who've paid $1,000 each for shares.