The new solar installation at the Edmonton Convention Centre is the largest of its kind in Canada. The ECC’s iconic multi-level atrium slopes down towards the river valley from downtown’s Jasper Avenue, and a modernization project replaced the 35-year-old skylight panels with new photovoltaic (solar cell) glass units in 2020. An added touch is the pattern of the cells, which spell out the excerpt of “Gifts of a River” in Morse code. The poem was written by E.D. Blodgett, a former Edmonton Poet Laureate—and more of his works can be found etched onto poetry rings in the nearby Louise McKinney Park. The artistic sustainability project can be enjoyed from within the Edmonton Convention Centre (9797 Jasper Ave.) or from the river valley itself.
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