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SmartFlower

Protecting and Preserving the Natural Environment

The Town of East Gwillimbury’s Strategic Plan outlines a commitment to protect and preserve the natural environment. Council and staff are continuously looking for innovative opportunities to support energy efficient new construction and facility retro-fits with renewable energy opportunities. As part of this commitment, the SmartFlower was installed in 2018 to encourage environmental stewardship and help reduce the Town’s carbon footprint.

This project is the second phase in Green Courtyard. The initiative also included the installation of EV charging station and LED lights at the Civic Centre.

How the SmartFlower Works

The SmartFlower utilizes a grouping of solar panels to produce renewable energy. The system works on a rotating axis to ensure the panels are positioned in the optimal location throughout the day. By incorporating this technology, the SmartFlower is able to increase results by up to 40%. The power from the SmartFlower is channeled back into the hydro grid to be used to offset hydro consumption at the Civic Centre.

SolarFlower

Quick Facts

  • The SmartFlower is 4811mm (or 15.78 feet) tall 

  • The SmartFlower operates year-round

  • There are 12 petals on the solar array 

  • The system works on a rotating axis to ensure the panels are positioned in the optimal location throughout the day. By incorporating this technology, the SmartFlower is able to increase results by up to 40 per cent.

  • The power generated from the SmartFlower is returned to the power grid, net metered and used to offset existing consumption at the Civic Centre

Project Partnership

This project was sponsored by a number of community partners including:

  • Green Earth Village – East Gwillimbury

  • Signature Communities

  • Royalpark

  • Groundswell Urban Planners Inc.

  • The Planning Partnership

  • CONXCORP

  • Nu-NRG group

  • Urban Tech

  • SmartFlower Solar

  • For full partnership details read the CPRC report here.