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7 November 2014

Rackam and Cascades Inaugurate the Largest Solar Thermal Park in Canada

Sherbrooke company Rackam, Cascades, and the Government of Québec officially inaugurated a concentrated solar power (CSP) plant at Cascades’ facilities in Kingsey Falls.

Rackam Cascades

Covering a surface area of 1490 square metres, the system uses parabolic mirrors to concentrate sun rays and heat the water required for operating the industrial complex.

It is the largest solar thermal facility in Canada, and a first for the pulp and paper industry.

Rackam installed its new generation of terrestrial thermal collectors (S20), completely designed and manufactured in Canada. The facility is completely automated and will make it possible to generate 4400 GJ of energy per year to heat more than 87 500 m3 of water.

Savings of 139 700 m3 of natural gas will be generated by the system, for a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in the range of 265 tons of CO2 equivalent per year.

The Alain-Lemaire solar park required investments of more than $1M.

Sources: Rackam and Cascades

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