University of Calgary

Student-built solar house to become permanent research facility at University of Calgary

May 1, 2013

Tomorrow the University of Calgary will celebrate the grand opening of its newest research facility, the one-of-a-kind Cenovus Spo’pi solar house. The student-built structure features the latest in solar power technology and will serve as a hub for solar energy and sustainability research.

Cenovus Energy was the lead sponsor of the project, which was the only Canadian entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. It placed 10th out of 19 entries.

Spo’pi is the Blackfoot word meaning “lives on stilts.” The home was built to address the housing needs of First Nations Communities. It was designed and constructed in consultation with members of the Aboriginal community and the Treaty 7 region. Guests at tomorrow’s celebration will include a traditional drum group along with members of the Aboriginal Advisory Committee and the Treaty 7 region.

WHAT: Grand opening of the Cenovus Spo’pi solar house

WHEN: Thursday, May 2, 2013. Media tours 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Formal program 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: Schulich School of Engineering south lawn, University of Calgary
Please enter campus from 32nd Avenue NW
Printable map: http://schulich.ucalgary.ca/mechanical/files/mechanical/ENGG-map1.pdf

WHO: Kim Gould, member of 2011 Solar Decathlon Team Canada
Guy Gendron, Dean, Schulich School of Engineering
Loraine Fowlow, Department of Environmental Design, faculty advisor for 2011 Solar Decathlon team
Reg Crowshoe, spiritual and cultural advisor, Piikuni First Nation