When Mennonite Central Committee Ontario built their new shared headquarters they ensured sustainability and renewable energy were part of the building from day one. The gorgeous building at 50 Kent was purpose-built to accommodate the addition of a solar system. Its unique design has a steel structure and racking raised up above all other roof structures, providing more space for the 774 panels which could be arranged for maximum efficiency.
Construction started in spring 2016 with open web steel installed to create a base structure for the racking.
50 Kent was purpose-built to handle this system. The raised panels are better at shedding snow, and allow for easier maintenance for both the panels and the roof.
The raised system means the panels can cover the whole area of the roof-top, without worrying about obstructions or shading. This also allows them to point due South for maximum efficiency.