This paper was released by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada in 2010. The Vancouver Olympic Games showed large-scale success of solar thermal energy in Canada. Solar thermal modules supplied energy that supplied the Vancouver Olympic Village buildings and utilized it for other purposes. Estimates say that the buildings achieved 30 to 70 percent greater energy efficiency compared to standard buildings built to minimum code. During peak sunlight periods, the solar thermal systems generate a surplus of heat energy, and the surplus energy was sent through energy transfer stations, which can harness that energy to be used in other buildings. The Olympics were a great opportunity for Canada to showcase solar capabilities and shows what’s in the near future for solar-powered neighborhoods.
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