Durham College is using solar technology to help conserve energy and reduce electricity costs at its Whitby, Ont. campus, home to the Skills Training Centre. Designed to supplement the campus’s primary utility feed, the grid-tie photovoltaic system will help keep demand and electricity bills under control, while providing students with a real-world example of renewable energy technology in action. The new solar power system is part of a 40,000-sq.-ft. expansion and upgrade of the college’s Whitby campus that is designed to increase energy efficiency and energy production while supporting a range of energy-focused programs and learning facilities. Valued at over $500,000 installed, the grid-tie photovoltaic system from Victoria, B.C.-based Carmanah Technologies will be supplied by Osso Electric Supplies (a division of Sonepar Canada Inc.) and installed by Space Age Electric (Oshawa) Ltd.