USA: Canadian Solar Inc. announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has donated solar modules, which are now powering a world-renowned OrcaLab Whale Research Centre on a remote island off the British Columbia coast near Alert Bay.
OrcaLab has been recording the Johnson Strait whales for more than four decades. Founder, Dr. Paul Spong and his wife Helena Symonds have spearheaded global research which confirms orca "clans" have distinct, highly sophisticated dialects. This scientific evidence in turn has led to bans against commercial orca hunting, and to the creation of nearby orca sanctuaries.
"The solar installation is performing beyond our expectations," said Dr. Paul Spong a whale expert and advocate. "We are now running all of our power needs without a generator, and looking forward to a future here without oil. We are so grateful to Canadian Solar for everything they have done for us."
The new donated solar system allows the off-grid OrcaLab to cut gas generator use and fuel costs dramatically, increase battery performance and life, expand the range of microphones and cameras, and improve amenities for summer volunteers.
The system is designed to perform with minimal maintenance for many decades to come. In addition, the panels will power the main OrcaLab site, and a network of underwater microphones and cameras which will track migrating orca whale and other marine animals.