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Mitrex releases new solar-integrated products for buildings

Mitrex's technology offers architects, developers and buildings owners a cost-efficient cleantech energy solution.

March 2, 2021  by CM Staff

The Mitrex solar cladding materials can retain the same esthetic as its non-energy-producing counterparts, and can mimic various construction materials such as concrete, timber, or stucco. (CNW Group/Mitrex)

ETOBICOKE — Mitrex, a GTA-based solar technology manufacturer, is introducing a patented solution that can transform a building’s exterior into a vertical, self-sufficient power system. As part of the company’s commitment to a net-zero carbon future, their immediate focus was on pioneering renewable energy solutions for the construction industry.

The company’s building-integrated photovoltaic technology (BIPV) – via solar cladding and glass railing – extends a building’s energy-generating potential from rooftops down to vertical walls. It can be installed on new developments, as well as retro-fitted on existing developments.

“Our mission is to be the catalyst that accelerates the adoption of sustainable, energy-generating, human-made structures,” says CEO Danial Hadizadeh. “With residential, commercial and industrial buildings accounting for 40 per cent of annual greenhouse gas emissions globally, it’s clear that developers and buildings owners can play an integral role in curbing emissions by investing in BIPV technology.”

Renewable energy, especially solar energy, is not a new concept. However, adoption has historically been hampered by poor esthetics, high price tags and slow production. With the continuous increase in the earth’s temperature, proactive solutions are crucial. Various power grids across North America have been compromised in the face of extreme weather due to dated technology. Sustainable, solar-based microgrids have the power to mitigate weather-related power outages, saving cities millions of dollars on power restoration.

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“Extreme power outages from weather events can ultimately be avoided if microgrid solutions are implemented,” says Hadizadeh. “In the most recent widespread outage in Texas, 3.4 million homes and businesses were without power for a dangerously long period. Self-sufficient systems not only save hundreds of millions of dollars, but also can prevent or limit the effects of climate change on communities.”