Increasing the Use of Solar Power
Killam has benefited from the use of solar power at Quinpool Towers and Sheradon Place in Halifax, and DesBarres House in Charlottetown for a number of years. Killam recently installed its fifth solar hot water heating system at 59 Glenforest Drive, a 112 unit building located in Halifax. By putting solar panels on the roof of a building the sun's energy is used to preheat hot water for domestic use, such as showers and laundry. In some cases, this can provide all of the hot water that is needed during the summer months, resulting in savings of 10% to 20% on annual heating costs.
Reducing Electrical Costs with Harnessing the Power of the Wind
Killam has installed a 50 kilowatt wind turbine at Mountainview Estates MHC in Lake Echo, Nova Scotia. This is Killam's second wind turbine installation and it is expected to produce up to 125,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The electricity produced will help power the community's water treatment plant. Generating electricity with the wind turbine will reduce usage from the electrical grid, helping to protect Killam from rising electricity costs while reducing the company's consumption of fossil fuels and its carbon footprint.